The minister of agriculture and culture Abbas Mortada called for an emergency meeting on the morning of February 3rd in response to the news of Colistin being found in chickens. The meeting will be attended by the relevant committees and veterinarians to collect samples from farms to test them for Colistin.
Amid the wave of public concerns at the news, Mortada responded by saying, “The issue now is that there is a group of chicken farmers that have been using Colistin on chickens. This is a subject that has received a lot of attention and created panic among citizens.”
What is strange, however, is that Lebanese officials have known about the issue of Colistin in chicken since at least 2016. There a few questions that need to be asked.
Firstly, why was this made public only a few days ago? Second, why were the measures taken against this, as Abou Faour claimed, halted until now? Third, would the officials have taken such prompt action now if the media hasn’t revealed the issue to the public?