Jordan imports food products worth $3.8 billion annually, in addition to wheat products not included in this amount, a senior official said on Monday.
Hayel Obeidat, director of the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA), said that despite large imports of food products, the administration is focused on food safety and has recently increased its inspection campaigns.
In 2016, he noted, 4,000 tonnes of food products were destroyed during the 185,000 inspection campaigns conducted. In addition, some 2,400 people were referred to court for food safety violations.
Obeidat made the remarks at the opening of the “Food Security in Jordan” conference, co-organised by the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies and the JFDA.
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