Shawarma outlets toe the line

ABU DHABI - Shawarma outlets in the capital started moving their equipment inside the limits of their shops yesterday. The food inspection arm of the Abu Dhabi civic body will start inspecting the outlets from Monday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 31 Jul 2005, 12:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:45 PM

"We've already moved the equipment inside even though our outlet is very small and it will be too hot inside for us," said Ahmed Abeedo, who works at a shawarma canteen on Hamdan Street. The municipal authorities have said that outlets selling shawarma and Arabic-style fast food must move their equipment inside the limits of their shops or face closure. "I do not know what consequences this move will have on business, as displaying the shawarma (chicken, beef or mutton) outside does attract customers", he said.

Another shawarma shop owner said the deadline is July 31. All cafeterias and restaurants have been served the notice according to a civic body official.

The heat caused by the equipment that operate on cooking gas and the tight space inside restaurants had prompted owners and operators of these outlets to keep the equipment outside, but officials said this exposed the food to pollution.



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