RAS AL KHAIMAH — The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality on Sunday ordered closure of a meat shop and imposed a fine of Dh5,000 on its owner for slaughtering animals outside the municipal abattoirs.
The municipal inspectors also seized large quantities of meat from various meat shops and from a number of residents after finding out that they had slaughtered animals outside the slaughter houses.
The move comes as part of the intensified inspection campaigns in various parts of the emirate as preparation for the Holy month of Ramadan.
Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality said the Public Health and Environment Department had intensified its inspections last week to ensure that the meat shops, restaurants, cafeterias and other food outlets all over the emirate are abiding by the hygiene regulations.
He added that the inspectors were also monitoring meat shops and homes to ensure that all animals were slaughtered in the municipal abattoirs only so as to maintain cleanliness in the emirate during Ramadan.
“Some meat shops and residents have the habit of slaughtering animals in places other than public abattoirs posing health risks. Besides, the animals slaughtered outside the abattoirs are not checked by veterinary doctors, and the meat kept in open or unprotected places can easily contact diseases as it is exposed to dusts, flies, germs and other insects,” said Al Shamsi.Al Shamsi urged the public to always take the animals to the municipal abattoirs for slaughter so as to maintain cleanliness. —firstname.lastname@example.org