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Mango shipment seized at Beirut Airport

10-1-2019

As part of the food safety campaign, the minister of agriculture in the caretaker government, Ghazi Zeiater, announced yesterday that mangos coming from Ghana and infested with insects were seized at Beirut International Airport. Zeiater pointed out that the insect, which can only be detected after opening the fruit, is not harmful but can infest other crops. Zeiater pressed for collaboration between the various concerned departments, including the customs and the health ministry quarantine, stressing that the shipment will be returned to Ghana. It is a matter of ethics, he said, warning, “We don’t want people to bring the dirt of the world here.” Imports are processed in accordance with plant health inspection standards and certifications from the country of origin, the minister maintained. (Al Diyar, Al Mustaqbal, January 10, 2019)

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