Expired drugs the latest target in Lebanon's spoiled food epidemic


Boxes of expired medicine were found dumped in Akkar in a trash container as authorities are carrying on a firm crackdown on harmful goods across Lebanon, the National News Agency reported. Meanwhile, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman vows serious repercussions for individuals found guilty.

According to the news agency, the violators tried to burn the expired medicine boxes in order to hide any evidence, however, their attempt failed.

A unit from the Internal Security Forces and State Security Forces arrived at the scene and launched an investigation.

On Thursday, 25 boxes of expired medication, mostly cough medicine, were found in Majdel Anjar.

Also, unknown sources dumped around 100 small boxes containing expired medications in a dumpster in the port city of Sidon.

President Michel Sleiman called for tightening inspections on food products and for transferring those violating food safety standards to the judiciary, the National News Agency reported on Saturday.

During his meeting with Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, Sleiman added that those “tampering” with citizens’ health will be dealt with seriously.

Lebanese authorities have recently cracked down on warehouses storing rotten food that was being distributed to local markets and restaurants.

Naharnet & Now Lebanon