BEIRUT: The authorities detained three people Friday in two separate incidents in connection with spoiled foodstuffs. The Internal Security Forces said two men in the town of Shoueifat, south of Beirut, were caught dumping expired meat in dumpsters.
When police questioned the two, they discovered that their cold storage truck contained about three tons of meat, and officials from the Consumer Protection Office later found that the sell-by date on the meat had expired.
The owner of the warehouse that employed the two men was taken into custody, as was his son, who manages the facility, the ISF said in a statement.
Separately, police based in Furn al-Shubbak, in coordination with the ISF, detained a man who was driving a cold storage van containing a quantity of 250 kilograms of meat.
The police had monitored the van because it was traced to a warehouse in the neighborhood of Sabra, which was sealed by the authorities Friday in connection with an earlier discovery of rotten meat.
The contents of the van will now be subjected to lab testing to determine if the meat’s sell-by date had expired. The authorities have promised to carry through with a crackdown on violations of public health and safety regulations.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 10, 2012, on page 4.