Spoilt food items seized in RAK crackdown

RAS AL KHAIMAH — The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality on Sunday seized huge quantities of spoilt and damaged fruits and vegetables from a number of shops in the emirate.

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Published: Tue 30 Nov 2010, 12:05 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:13 PM

Fines ranging from Dh500 to Dh5000 were also imposed on the errant traders for violating the food safety laws.

Mohammed Saqr Al Saqi, Director-General of the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, said the violators were caught during inspection campaigns carried out on the fruits and vegetable outlets across the emirate. Municipal inspectors from the Environmental and Public Health Department found out that the traders had mixed fresh products with spoilt ones in cartons and boxes and had put them on display for sale.

Al Saqi said that since the beginning of the year, the municipality had been conducting awareness campaigns among outlets dealing in food products about the importance of protecting the public health by observing food safety and hygiene laws. While the violations have decreased this year compared to the last year, some traders have not been cooperative as they continued flouting the laws.

“It is absurd that some traders still mind about making profits only without considering the people’s health. Selling spoilt, damaged and expired food products to consumers pose a big threat to their lives,” he added.

“Many customers, especially those buying in large quantities prefer buying fresh products from fruits and vegetable market or outlets because their prices are always lower compared to those in supermarkets.

We have therefore intensified inspections on the fruits and vegetable market and outlets to ensure their compliance with the laws,” said Al Saqi.

He cited poor storage facilities that do not meet the required standards in some fruits and vegetable shops and non-operating refrigerators as the major factors that spoil the products. The official said that some shops were also booked for operating in poor hygiene conditions.— ismail@khaleejtimes.com

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