Verdict in adulterated milk case reserved

DUBAI — The Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday posted to July 24 the pronouncement of the verdict in the adulterated milk food case to give sufficient time to the defence laywers for completing their submissions.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Tue 11 Jul 2006, 10:07 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:10 PM

During yesterday's hearing, the defence lawyers led by Salem Al Shaali criticised the measures taken by the judicial officer and municipality inspectors to collect the milk samples and argued that the inspectors did not follow the stipulated legal procedures.

The defence also submitted that the tests were not comprehensive and did not fulfil the essential parameters for reaching a definitive finding about the milk quality.

Al Shaali argued that the civic inspectors did not sign on the report recording the collection of the samples on October 31 last year. He further contended that the municipality should return the four files which mentioned the expiry date of the products and argued that the milk food were not contaminated.

He requested the court to summon the importer of milk food as a witness. He argued that the imported food satisfied the international terms and conditions including the certificates and bank guarantees.

The defence lawyers have submitted a certificate from food experts at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry which confirmed that the company has complied with all export and import conditions including the expiry date and both international and local conditions. Al Shaali said that the local terms and conditions are different from the international ones.

Al Shaali also produced a bag made of paper, weighing 25 kilogrammes which contained milk. He pointed out that the bag is for industrial use, not for consumer use. He explained to the court the methods of packing and re-packing and the value additions to the product and how these were counted by the manufacturer.

He said that the civic inspectors had tested milk bags which were already opened. The tests had also deviated from the standard procedures followed by the municipality, foremost among which was the microbiological test, which would show the presence of contaminants including bacteria. He stated that the municipality report did clarify when the tests had been made and how long after receiving the specimens. Al Shaali requested the court to conduct another test for milk samples in one of laboratories of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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