Hajj Hassan meets FAO delegation over slaughterhouse case

JANUARY 30, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Minister of Industry, Hussein Hajj Hassan, met on Friday with a delegation from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which had been tasked to investigate Quarantina slaughterhouse upon the request of the Ministry of Agriculture.

FAO representative in Lebanon, Maurice Saadé, said in the wake of the meeting that the nature of the mission’s work was to prepare a substantive and technical study on Quarantina slaughterhouse to improve work there, either in its current location or in a new place.

In turn, Minister Hajj Hassan made clear that the situation of Quarantina slaughter house, which is being rehabilitated at the time being, will never be able to meet the required standards, even if rehabilitated.

“We must create a new slaughterhouse in the city of Beirut and its suburbs, but we still need to determine the place. What’s currently required is either the search for a new land, or maybe staying in the current location, or even making use of private slaughterhouses,” the Minister added.

Hajj Hassan went on to refuse keeping the situation at a standstill.

“We have discussed with the mission all of the possible options, and in our capacity as the Ministry of industry, we have made our stance more than clear on the necessity of establishing a new slaughterhouse or the adoption of private slaughterhouses,” he added.