Ozone gas ‘may combat MERS’

Updated 07 June 2014

Ozone gas ‘may combat MERS’

Ozone gas might kill the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) because experimental data shows it is effective in reducing 90 percent of airborne bacteria and viruses, according to a leading expert.
Saad Jasim, a member of the International Ozone Association and world expert in the application of the gas in various industries, said that ozone is effective in killing pathogens in water, food and air.
He said ozone acts as a powerful disinfectant, removes pharmaceutical waste and improves treatment processes. It also helps to create more oxygen.
He said the outbreak of SARS worldwide in March 2003 had increased the awareness of the transmission of respiratory diseases in indoor environments.
He was speaking at a conference organized by the Saudi Ozone Company on Thursday at the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) offices at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. Several international and local experts attended the event.
The Saudi Ozone Company, which organized the event, has proposed that GACA uses ozone in its filtration systems at the country's airports because it is better than the normal carbon filters.
Abdulhamid bin Hammad Aba Al-Arri, director general of the KAIA, said that the airport wants to ensure that it has the best technology to protect passengers from all diseases including MERS.
“The technology is evolving but GACA will not proceed any further until it is assured this is really safe technology and also accepted by the Ministry of Health,” he said.
He said the environment at the airport was important now because of the coming summer holidays and Ramadan, with more than 6 million Umrah visitors expected.
Jan Arlemark, an expert in ozone technology, said the gas is used in different environments including the food industry, cold storage rooms, restaurant kitchens and airports.
However, it is poisonous in large quantities, which made it necessary for experts and specialists to oversee its use.
Sami Suleiman Al-Akouz, chief executive of the Saudi Ozone company, said that the aim of this event is to explore applications to provide a better quality of life.

Family favorites: Toto’s famous spaghetti and meatballs soup

Updated 21 May 2018

Family favorites: Toto’s famous spaghetti and meatballs soup

This hearty dish is the middle point between spaghetti and meatballs and soup. It is a family favorite in my household, my kids love it and ask for seconds — and thirds sometimes! As any mother of picky eaters knows, this is a dream come true and I promise you, this soup will have your kids slurping from the bowl.

I was first introduced to this delicious meal by my mother-in-law, whom we affectionately call Toto, and ever since then, it’s become known as Toto’s famous spaghetti and meatballs soup in our home.

It is perfect for a satisfying iftar dish, so why not try it today?



Store bought spaghetti (Toto makes hers from scratch. If you can do that, kudos to you, if not just use store bought spaghetti).

Two peeled potatoes cut into large cubes.

Half-a-pound of minced meat.

One onion, chopped finely.

Six ripe tomatoes and two  tablespoons of tomato paste.

Five garlic cloves, crushed.

A handful of chopped coriander leaves.



Combine the tomatoes and tomato paste with one liter of water in a blender, with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture into a big pot on the stovetop and bring it to a boil, then lower the heat to let it simmer.  

In a separate bowl, add the minced meat, onions and garlic, with a dash of salt and pepper. Mix until well incorporated and roll into small meatballs.

Cook the meatballs through in a sizzling, oiled pan. Transfer the meatballs into the pot with the simmering tomato soup.

Add the peeled potatoes that have been cut into chunks into the soup.

Let it cook for 10 minutes and add the spaghetti. Continue to cook the dish until the spaghetti is al dente and serve with a garnish of freshly chopped coriander leaves.