The National News Agency reported that 7 individuals were hospitalized for food poisoning after eating spoiled meat in Akkar, Northern Lebanon.
They all suffered from similar symptoms: violent vomiting and severe diarrhea which are early signs of food poisoning. Following the incident, eight butchers are reported to being held in custody by local authorities.
The news comes after a long ongoing battle for food and drink safety regulations in Lebanon. The ministry of health has tackled hygiene problems in both meat poultry and fish productions and restaurants. In February this year, he set new guidelines and regulations for both. Yet, food poisoning seems to be an ongoing problem in Lebanon. Acoording to the NNA, last night's cases will bring the number of food poisoning cases to 70 this week.
An Nahar made repeated efforts to get a comment or reaction from the health minister on Friday afternoon, but were not able to establish any further information.
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