Bahrain slapped a ban Tuesday, July 31, on three types of olive oil from Spain and other countries and ordered them off the market on fears they contain a substance that can cause cancer.
The ban affected three types of olive oil made from pomace, or pulpy residue of olives, Trade Minister Ali Salih Al-Salih said in a decree carried by the official GNA news agency.
All six Gulf Arab states suspended imports of Spanish olive oil in early July after the Spanish health ministry issued a "food safety alert" following the discovery of benzopyrene in a particular brand. ― (AFP, Manama)
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