The food safety scandal dividing Jordanian society

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Is food in Jordan safe? Claims to the contrary made by Dr Sanaa Gammoh, a former Director of the Food and Drugs Laboratories at the Jordanian Food and Drugs Authority (JFDA), have divided the Hashemite Kingdom in recent weeks. In an interview with local media on 23 October, Dr Gammoh claimed that several food products sold in the Jordanian market contained concerning levels of carcinogenic substances. These allegations, and the reaction of food safety authorities, have snowballed into a nationwide debate that reveals a growing rift between Jordanians and their institutions. Jordan’s food ‘cann…

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