Jerash tightens monitoring of food joints after poisoning cases

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AMMAN — Water sources in Jerash are “clean and not contaminated”, Raed Al-Shboul, secretary-general of the Ministryof Health for Epidemics and Communicable Diseases insisted, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Shboul said “Jerash has become a hot spot” for food poisoning, and as a result, his ministry tightened its monitoring strategy by collecting samples from food establishments from fortnightly to weekly.

He said that the monitoring visits will increase on food establishments in cooperation with the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), especially during the summer.

Shboul said that out of 41 suspected poisoning cases reported to Jerash Government Hospital, all but two cases are still under treatment, but in a stable condition.

Director-General of JFDA Nizar Al-Mheidat said his agency is following up on the poisoning cases that have been reported since Friday, to determine the source of the bacteria that caused the poison, in coordination with Jerash Health Department, according to Alghad News.

He said that the monitoring and inspection staff were sent directly to Souf in Jerash, and they conducted a comprehensive survey on food joints in the area, where the poisoning incidents occurred, adding that two restaurants were shut down as a precaution.

Mheidat pointed out that large samples of the food were taken to labs for analysis and that the results will be announced once they are ready.

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