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Food quality check at labour clusters

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) had conducted intensive inspections last week at the labour accommodations in the Western Region and catering companies serving them, the authority said on Monday.

By Aisha Tariq

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Published: Wed 25 Jul 2012, 9:54 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:27 AM

Out of 35 companies inspected in Al Ruwais and Ghayathi, only nine were found to be in full compliance with the ADFCA’s rules and regulations. During the campaign, inspectors charged 18 companies with food safety violations, issued warnings to seven others and destroyed a total of 728kg of food. All of the violations were related to licensing issues, such as the failure to obtain the proper licence or renew an expired one.

ADFCA officials conducting inspection at a kitchen in a labour accommodation in the Western Region. — Supplied photo

“We are currently targeting all 340 kitchens in labour accommodations in the Western Region,” said Mohammed Jalal Al Reyaysa, ADFCA’s Director of Communication and Community Service. The ADFCA is collaborating with the Ministry of Labour to ensure that labour accommodations’ catering services adhere to its food safety standards. “If anyone thinks that we will turn a blind eye to what is happening in the labour accommodations, they are mistaken,” he said.

“Stringent action will be taken against the violators. The safety of workers is no less important than the safety of others and we will not allow anyone to expose such an important section of people living in our midst to food risks, illnesses and even death,” he added.

He said that Ramadan warrants an intensified effort due to the greater amount of consumer activity at this time. “We will make both routine and unannounced visits, covering food preparation, transportation and sales in different parts of Abu Dhabi,” he said.

Al Reyaysa urged consumers to report food safety violations observed at labour accommodations, restaurants and any other food outlets at the toll free number 800555. The ADFCA will follow up on complaints by sending an inspection team to explore the issue, he added.

aisha@khaleejtimes.com



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