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European Shipments are Banned from Entering Lebanon

BeirutHussein Hajj Hassan, caretaker Agriculture Minister in , announced on Tuesday that “The Agriculture Ministry prevented a shipment of wheat grown in Europe from being unloaded at the , while three other shipments of agricultural goods from Europe were seized at Rafik Hariri International Airport”. This prevention of was applied after an announcement by Hajj Hassan last Friday. This ban is a result of a recent outbreak in Europe of the E. coli bacterium that caused deaths of at least 21 people so far.

Hajj Hassan is hoping that the port can contain operational quarantine center in the coming weeks. Hassan Qoreitem, the port’s general director met ministry officials. After this meeting, Hajj Hassan said that the land for the quarantine center at the port and the funds necessary to begin construction are available. He added that the ministry cooperated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in buying equipments for the center. This step can facilitate the testing of samples of imported goods.

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