Al Ain Education Zone to probe cook’s complaints

AL AIN — The Al Ain Education Zone (AAEZ) has formed a committee to investigate complaints of the Egyptian cook against Al Tamayoz Model School in Al Ain in which he claimed that the school was feeding its students unhygienic meals through a private company.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Sun 12 Mar 2006, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:29 PM

Juma’a Shalan, the 44-year old man, who worked as an assistant chef for the school has raised two complaints to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to investigate the incident.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Shalan said that the school administration had signed a contract with a company for cooking and preparing meals.

According to the complaint, the company had committed many breaches that threatened the health of students and did not comply with food control measures, in addition to holding his salary for three months. “One student, who discovered a cockroach in his spaghetti plate, had complained to the school principal,” he added.

Shalan said that the company prepared students’ meals with worm-eaten garbanzo and buffalo meat in addition to chicken that did not include stickers with its expiry date.

He added that he had informed the school administration about the breaches. At first, the administration was responding positively and asked the Food Controller to investigate the issue, but lately, it started taking sides with the company. “When the company came to know that I had told the principal about the mistakes, they sought my removal,” he added.

He highlighted that another worker, Mohammed Bilal Al Lawaty was fired for the same reasons.

The company’s manager told Khaleej Times that Shalan’s complaints were false as he had many problems with the school, but he had made the company as a scapegoat. “An Indian worker thought that if he bought buffalo meat, he would save money for us, but we have never used it for cooking,” he added.

The manager highlighted that as soon as the company discovered that the garbanzo was not suitable for human use, they directly stored it and bought a new amount. “Regarding the so-called incident about spaghetti with cockroaches, I request the Food Control Authority to check whether the cockroaches — put on purpose in the spaghetti meal — were uncooked or not,” he added. He added that the worker had refused to come to the company to take his salary.

Nevertheless, Ahmed Basher, Legal Affairs’ Manager at the AAEZ told Khaleej Times that the Investigation Committee visited the school yesterday to supervise the kitchen and investigate into the complaint, adding that both Shalan and Al Lawaty were investigated yesterday when they came to the AAEZ campus for official procedures.

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