Doha: Qatar has banned the import of vegetables from Lebanon following the discovery of high levels of chemicals and traces of E. coli bacteria. Six types of leaves, including coriander, mint, parsley, molochia, scarsley and thyme, are banned.
The action follows the detection of the presence of chemicals and E. coli bacteria in the samples.
The ban on the import of vegetables from Lebanon from November 7. These leaves are eaten uncooked by locals and foreigners in Qatar.
It is in this context that the testing of such vegetables has been tightened. The ban was announced by the Port Health and Food Control Division of the Qatari Ministry of Health.
The ban is based on repeated inspections of samples over the past few months.
Qatar, one of the most important countries for food security, is implementing state-of-the-art and state-of-the-art systems for quality control of imported goods. Meanwhile, Lebanese Agriculture Minister Abbas Hajj Hassan was quoted in the media as saying that the issue was being looked into and that legal action and bans would be imposed on exporters.