In this Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 photo, a worker watches a crane in the port of the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Twenty-three tons of rice that failed to conform to Lebanese pesticide standards continue to be held up at the Tripoli port as the Agriculture Ministry decides whether to allow them to enter the country.The statement drew attention to a decision made March 13 by Minister Hasan Lakkis to set tighter regulations for pesticide traces in tea and rice imports.Mokbel noted that the level of pesticide found in the 23 tons of rice was only marginally higher than the new standards, at 0.002 percent. The Agriculture Ministry's has set its new limit at 0.001 percent.
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