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Flouting food outlets face action

The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, as part of intensive raids, has ordered the closure of a bakery in the emirate for illegally using expired oils in pastry making, which were deemed unfit for human consumption.

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Published: Mon 25 Mar 2013, 9:35 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:42 AM

The same establishment was also fined for flouting health regulations by using unclean tools as well as failure to keep the shop clean and not renewing staff health cards. According to a senior official, the civil body inspectors also inspected a grand shopping centre and confiscated various amounts of fruit and vegetables deemed unfit for human consumption.

“The Centre suffered a hefty fine, and (was) issued a warning for not repeating the same violations,” said Chairman of the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality Mubarak Al Shamsi.

He explained that the raids, which are being launched against all shopping centres, bakeries, restaurants, eateries, outlets and other institutions, aim to protect the society against expired and unfit foodstuff.

Meanwhile, the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality launched an intensive campaign against pop corn machines at malls, shopping centres and hypermarkets: “They all proved to be flouting rules and (were) unlicenced for practicing such work.”

Al Shamsi added that the staff working at these centres failed to carry health cards; a sheer violation of law and health regulations: “The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality has given all violators a grace period to amend their positions in line with set rules.” Earlier this month, the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality closed a number of water desalination stations and fined other such establishments for flouting set health regulations.

Al Shamsi said the civic body has instructed 45 water desalination stations to abide by the set rules and ensure that the water sold to the public is fit for human consumption.

He said: “The municipal inspectors spotted 20 violations against water desalination stations across the emirate last year; some of these stations were closed for various periods while others were fined.”

“The civil body inspectors take random samples from the stations and analyse them at the Ras Al Khaimah Municipality Lab on a regular basis to check their validity,” he added.

In February this year, the municipality ordered the closure of an eatery and a foodstuff centre, and fined a grand supermarket at one of the emirate’s regions for failing to follow health and hygiene regulations and in January, 24 eateries and food outlets were closed for similar violations.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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