ADFCA raids curb reuse of plastic containers

ABU DHABI — Efforts by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) to curb re-usage of plastic bottles and plastic food containers at cafeterias, groceries and other food outlets in the capital are bearing fruits.

By Anwar Ahmad

Published: Fri 25 May 2007, 9:23 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:28 AM

In random checks carried out in response to 25 complaints against shopkeepers, ADFCA officials found 22 violations.

Dr Abdul Lateef El Dhaw, head of Food Inspection Section in Field Operations Department of ADFCA, said, "Usually, cafeterias were found serving fresh juices for take away in used plastic bottles and groceries were found re-packing olive oils, honey in such bottles."

In July 2006, ADFCA had banned the use of plastic cups for tea, coffee or other hot beverages. However, use of alternative cups made of foam polystyrene or material that could withstand at least 100-degree temperature was allowed.

After the crackdown last year on the shopkeepers and grocery owners, percentage of violations has declined, said Dr. El Dhaw.

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