Ajman bakeries fined for flouting health standards

AJMAN — As part of its intensified food inspection campaign during summer, the Health Section of Ajman Department of Municipality and Planning has inspected a large number of bakeries in the emirate to ensure compliance with health regulations set by the civic body.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Tue 26 Jul 2005, 9:54 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:54 PM

Muhair Al Jarah, Head of the Health Section, said the section was keen on carrying out food inspection throughout the year, but intensifies it in summers since food gets affected by the high temperatures.

The inspection campaign, which targetted bakeries, was aimed at ensuring that bakery workers followed hygiene regulations while preparing various bakery items. It also focused on cleanliness of oven, storage and the shop. Besides, the inspectors also checked the raw material used in bakery items and bread-baking, like type of flour, validity of water, oil and other items to ensure they are of good quality and fit for human consumption.

They also made it mandatory for workers to store the raw material in hygienic and cool places besides instructing them to wear uniform including hat and gloves. They also ensured that bakeries install smoke and heat exhausts for the welfare of both workers and consumers. The bread transportation vehicles used to distribute bread to supermarkets and groceries were also inspected during the campaign.

He said the campaign played a major role in curbing malpractices in the food market. Violation of health standards in food products had decreased by over 40 per cent compared to last summer, and this was due to the intense campaign, Al Jarah said, adding that several bakeries were fined while others were warned for violating health regulations and hygiene during the campaign.

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