RAK bakery fined for using firewood

RAS AL KHAIMAH - The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality on Sunday slapped a fine of Dh3,000 to a bakery that was found using pieces of wood instead of cooking gas to bake breads, which is against the municipal laws. The bakery owner was also warned of a permanent closure of his business if caught repeating 
the violations.

By Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Mon 25 Apr 2011, 9:31 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:20 AM

Fawaz Abdullah, Chief of the Food Control Section in the Environmental and Public Health Department at RAK Municipality, said that the municipal laws only allow bakeries to use gas to prepare baked products. The RAK Municipality prohibited the use of timber, firewood or other kinds of wood by bakeries in order to protect people’s health and the environment, said Abdullah.

The Asian workers of the bakery said that they have been collecting unwanted pieces of wood from construction sites as it was cheaper compared to gas.

During their inspection campaign on Sunday, which covered restaurants, bakeries, cafeterias, vegetable shops and other food outlets, the municipal inspectors also slapped a hefty fine to a restaurant in the Nakheel area, which was found selling banned tobacco locally known as ‘niswar’.

The restaurant workers were hiding niswar under juice boxes and behind the refrigerators and were selling it to a number of customers including Asian workers.

Abdullah said that the municipality also identified a number of other violations in other restaurants, vegetable shops and grocery stores. Cockroaches and other insects were found in many food outlets in addition to operating in poor hygienic conditions.

The official said that some restaurants were caught selling stale food, posing a risk to people’s health. Workers in some restaurants were also found not having health cards.

The violating outlets were ordered to pay fines ranging from Dh200 to Dh1,000 for flouting food hygiene laws


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