Jordan starts further investigation into food poisoning

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Monday appointed a team to investigate into the food poisoning incidents in Balqa Governorate, northwest of the capital Amman, where hundreds of Jordanians were affected and two died from it.

More than 148 cases have been reported as of Monday in a second food poisoning incident in the governorate, following the first incident which led to the poisoning of more than 800, and all of them have consumed chicken and meat sandwiches in several local restaurants recently, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordanian Health Minister Saad Jaber on Sunday said an investigation found that the source of food poisoning is a center supplying meat and other things, where 5 tonnes of expired meat were seized in addition to half a tonne of potatoes.

The owner of the supply center was arrested, pending further investigation. Also, all the restaurants related to the supply center were closed as precautionary measures until the lab test results appear.

The majority of those suffering from food poisoning are currently in good to moderate conditions, according to the Health Ministry.