355 tonnes of foodstuff destroyed in Abu Dhabi

AL AIN — Public health authorities destroyed 355 tonnes of unwholesome foodstuff in Abu Dhabi emirate in 2004, a top official has said.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Thu 3 Feb 2005, 9:32 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:28 PM

Saeed Mohammed Al Mohairi, Director-General of the Food and Environment Control Centre in Abu Dhabi, said the authorities registered 360 cases during the year.

In Abu Dhabi, they destroyed 18 tonnes of meat, 13 tonnes of fish, 13 tonnes of chicken and rejected nearly 125,000 samples as spoilt, he said.

The food control centre in Al Ain granted 1,730 licences for food stores and conducted 199 inspections, as well as performed analysis on 40,694 samples. The food control authorities checked the foodstuffs at schools, storehouses, restaurants, canteens and cafeterias to ensure quality of food made available to public, Al Mohairi said.

He said that food control officials constantly encouraged outlets to improve quality and encourage customers to buy foodstuffs from quality outlets. The food control centre is setting up a web site to make people aware of the various aspects of food quality monitoring and to receive complaints from them directly.

Al Mohairi said that food control meant inspection of foodstuffs for conformity with quantity, quality, packing and marking to ensure that the purported contracts are met.

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