The Ministry of Health building, Beirut, Lebanon.
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The Health Ministry Thursday denied claims made by the Economy Ministry that wheat recently found coming into Lebanon was carcinogen-free, revealing alarming results that showed otherwise.In a statement, the Health Ministry explained the methods used to conclude the wheat does in fact contain ochratoxin – a cancerous substance, irrefutably toxic to the human body. According to the Health Ministry, health regulations only permit 5 micrograms of ochratoxin per kilogram of wheat.The Health Ministry also maintained that regulating and monitoring the storage of wheat was the Economy Ministry's responsibility.Earlier in the day, the Economy Ministry said in a statement that wheat samples it tested were carcinogen-free.
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