RAK firm ordered to withdraw infected Cinnamon from market

RAS AL KHAIMAH — The municipal health authorities in Ras Al Khaimah have ordered a company selling cinnamon to immediately withdraw it from the market. Cinnamon sticks are used as food flavour.

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Published: Thu 27 Apr 2006, 11:25 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:55 PM

Laboratory tests have found these cinnamon sticks infected with fungi which is harmful for health.

Despite being unfit for human consumption, the item is still on sale in 50gm plastic bags.

It was unclear if the issue had drawn the attention of the authorities in Dubai. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Khalid Sharief, Assistant Director of Dubai Municipality Public Health Department and Head of the Food Control Section, said there was no move to prohibit the sale of cinnamon in Dubai.

Sharief declined to comment on whether the department would conduct a drive to collect samples of the spice from Dubai's market for laboratory tests.

He said there was no such problem in Dubai and the department has no plans to prohibit the sale of cinnamon.

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