Sharjah food safety measures in place

SHARJAH — The Sharjah Municipality has taken precautionary measures to ensure hygiene and safety of food products and cattle in the markets during Eid Al Adha.

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Published: Wed 12 Dec 2007, 8:48 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:16 AM

“Inspections will be intensified at foodstuff, vegetables, fruits and meat markets,” said Abdullah Al Zarouni, Director of Public Health Department in the municipality.

He added that a team of veterinarians has been formed to inspect the livestock at cattle markets and check the slaughtered animals at the Central Abattoir.

Al Zarouni said, “Health inspectors will carry out surprise inspections during Eid Al Adha in the markets and restaurants to ensure compliance with health and safety requirements and rules, besides the municipality’s local orders.”

He pointed out, “The municipality has replaced the old AC system with a modern one at the abattoir, besides providing a sufficient number of handwash basins and slaughter tools detergents, which are connected to hot and cold water nets. Furthermore, the old animal shed has been replaced by a new fibreglass shed.”

He said the municipality would crack down on freelancing butchers at cattle markets who violate the municipality rules. Slaughtering of animals in the absence of lab veterinarians could expose the consumer to the risk of diseases, he added.

The municipality has urged the public not to deal with unauthorised butchers or slaughter animals at places other than the Sharjah Central Abattoir and butcheries affiliated to the Sharjah Municipality.

The municipality appealed to the public to contact hotline 993 if they come across any unauthorised butchers, against whom action would be taken promptly.

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