Chicken shwarmas banned in Jordan
Health officials in Jordan have banned the serving of chicken Shwarma
sandwiches. This follows hundreds of Salmonella poisoning cases.
Acting Health Minister Mohammed al-Thneibat has said that 204 have been
hospitalised due to undercooked sandwiches infected with Salmonella
. Homemade mayonnaise has also been banned due to
the eggs used in the making of the product.
It is not yet clear how long the ban would be in place.
It is said that the Salmonella originated from a restaurant in a
Palestinian refugee camp, approx. 27 km northwest of the Jordanian capital of
Amman. The restaurant apparently sold some 600 meals of undercooked chicken
meat, which caused poisoning in a third of the consumers.
Al-Thneibat said that up to 600 restaurants all over the kingdom were
included in the ban as a precaution. The owner of the Palestinian restaurant and
its staff were arrested. If convicted, the owner faces up to three years in
jail, as well as a fine.
In addition, authorities have also closed the restaurant where the source
of infection was detected.
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