Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour continued his fight against food safety violations Wednesday, by naming and shaming a new list of restaurants, slaughterhouses and butchers that have been found to be in violation of food safety standards.Abu Faour added a number of other restaurants to the blacklist Wednesday, including branches of recognizable chains like KFC, Kababji and Harkous Chicken.Abu Faour also addressed the issue of Lebanon's slaughterhouses and described the at-times shocking conditions present at some facilities, while praising others for meeting the required standards. As for the Karantina slaughterhouse in Beirut that was shut down last week, Abu Faour said an alternative should be found."If we were butchering animals after they had already died in Beirut's slaughterhouse, I wonder what was happening in other areas," he said. He said finding alternatives was not easy because most slaughterhouses violated food safety standards, but stressed it was preferable to have a temporary meat shortage rather than allow contaminated food into the market. Abu Faour also named the slaughterhouse in Beirut's Sabra neighborhood. Addressing the owners of the companies that have violated safety measures, Abu Faour told them to make efforts to improve rather than bet that his ministry would grow weary of the campaign.
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