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Jordan : PM supports JFDA move to close restaurants for public safety reasons.

Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh on Sunday backed the Jordan Food and Drug Administration's JFDA move to close a number of restaurants and food outlets for violating public safety and health standards. "The citizens' health and guaranteeing the safety of their food is the state's first and foremost priority," Tarawneh told JFDA Director General Hayel Obeidat and senior staff members at a meeting attended by Health Minister Abdullatif Wreikat. The premier stressed closer and periodic monitoring and inspection of restaurants and food outlets.

"This campaign by the administration is necessary and important and the law should apply to all," he said, urging authorities to be strict in enforcing safety rules in a fashion without harming both the consumer or service provider. He prodded the JFDA "not to accept any favours or succumb to any pressures that some might exercise on it", calling on administration field staff to display a sense of honesty and national duty in their monitoring task.

Tarawneh was briefed on the JFDA's mission to monitor food and drug industrial firms as well as measures to verify adherence to health and safety regulations, adding that the latest measures against restaurants began with issuing warnings and stopping work and ended up with closures.

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Date:Jul 31, 2012
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