The Lebanese authorities have seized a shipment containing a large amount of spoiled rice coming from China.
The Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture announced the seizure of the shipment in a statement on Saturday morning.
“A team at the Agricultural Quarantine Center seized at the Port of Tripoli a ship of spoiled rice containing high levels of molds and residues of toxic pesticides, coming from China, in an amount of 31 thousand tonnes,” the Ministry said.
The ship was prevented from unloading its cargo at the Port.
The Agriculture Ministry assured the Lebanese people that it is committing to “its role in strictly monitoring all border crossings, out of concern for the health of citizens and the safety of food.”
Lebanon has recorded several instances of food safety threats over the past few months.