Report on chocolates denied

RAS AL KHAIMAH — A top informed official of the RAK Municipality strongly denied a report carried yesterday by a local English daily that the Public Health Section (PHS) has recently impounded huge quantities of chocolate that had been sold in the local markets after their expiry date.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Wed 27 Apr 2005, 10:07 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:28 PM

The report said that health inspectors of the PHS seized the chocolate from supermarkets and groceries after they were proved unfit for human consumption.

“Contrary to what had been said in the report, the impounded items are healthy and fit for human consumption,” Khaleefah Mohammed Saeed Maktoum Al Mihairi, Director of PHS, told Khaleej Times. “We have confiscated them because they carry incomplete health badges, not because they are unfit for human consumption,” he added. He also confirmed: “This is a blatantly fabricated and unfounded report and carries misleading information that spread panic among the public,” he said.

Khaleej Times has recently reported that the PHS ordered two foodstuff suppliers to withdraw large quantities of two of their international brands of chocolates from the local markets after it was found that they did not carry the date of production. There was only mention of the expiry date on the two products and the batch of production was missing. “The two products were meant for export outside the GCC countries and not for local consumption,” Al Mihairi added. “The validity period of the two products is two years, but for local conditions, the expiry is one year,” the official said, adding that the civic body slapped hefty fines on the companies for violating the country’s public health and trade laws.

Terming it as a good example of complete callousness and disregard to public safety and health, he said the department views such violations seriously and implements stringent measures. “The section inspectors carried surprise raids to ensure that the two suppliers adhere to the section’s directives and immediately withdraw the products from groceries, supermarkets, malls and food outlets,” he added. On a question about why they do sell such items in the local markets, “The errant companies resort to such illegal means to make money, since the real price of the two products is Dh27, whereas the local consumption products are priced at Dh41 per carton,” he said.

Meanwhile, officials from the PHS caught yesterday the drivers and workers of more than 10 trucks after they were found distributing different foodstuff items without taking the civic body’s permission or obtaining health cards. “We caught some cars coming from other emirates while unloading foodstuff without informing the section, which is a serious violation of the public health rules,” he added.

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