Health Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour Friday sought to quell criticism about his recent naming of establishments selling contaminated food, revealing details about the laboratory work on samples and blasting chicken farms as a "catastrophe" on food safety.At the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute in a Beirut suburb, Abu Faour brought the head of the institute and a lab worker to explain the sampling process and the bacteria found in contaminated food sold by supermarkets and restaurants.The controversy prompted some ministers to criticize Abu Faour for his hasty move to publicly name the institutions, while several owners of some of the institutions accused the minister of defamation.During his tour at LARI, Abu Faour also invited a laboratory head to detail the types of bacteria found in the samples and the side effects that could occur after consumption.Abu Faour said the campaign was ongoing and that the ministry has reached an agreement with the American University of Beirut to send samples to its laboratory because the institute could no longer accommodate additional work, which Afram estimated at 280 samples per day.The institute would continue working during the weekend to test incoming samples in the ongoing campaign, Abu Faour said.
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