A bakery in Jounieh, Keserwan, Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Ministries bickered over the alleged contamination of wheat imports for a second day Friday, with officials offering conflicting evidence regarding its safety.The Economy Ministry refuted claims by Health Minister Wael Abu Faour that there is contaminated wheat at the port, releasing a statement asserting ministerial jurisdiction and declaring that its own testing demonstrated otherwise. The Economy Ministry said it had carried out its own tests to clarify the issue for the public.Silo administrators at the Beirut Port weighed in on the issue with their own statement, agreeing that quality control on imported grain is the sole responsibility of the Agriculture Ministry.It added that customs management is not permitted to release wheat that has been stored in the silos for more than 30 days unless it has been re-examined by the Agriculture Ministry.The Agriculture Ministry, headed by Akram Chehayeb, issued its own statement Thursday.
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