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Are nuggets being made by grinding ALIVE chickens in Dubai?

Staff Reporter /Dubai
Filed on August 28, 2016 | Last updated on August 28, 2016 at 05.06 pm
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Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality, denied the authenticity of the scene, saying that using alive chicken, small or big, and shredding them for making chicken nuggets is contrary to the GCC, European and US laws and to the rights of animals.

Dubai Municipality has denied the practice of grinding whole alive chicken to make nuggets. 

The response came to a WhatsApp video that showed chicken nuggets produced by grinding the whole chicken.

Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality, denied the authenticity of the scene, saying that using alive chicken, small or big, and shredding them for making chicken nuggets is contrary to the GCC, European and US laws and to the rights of animals.

"After all, it is unhealthy and cannot be applied in practice because some animal parts such as feathers, viscera and legs carry microbes in large quantities and will be spread to the product and cause serious health problems for the consumer," said Sharif.

He noted that all types nuggets prepared in local factories in the UAE are subjected to the control of the authorities concerned and are impossible to follow such practices in food establishments, which are routinely inspected.

"It also appears in the video that the poultry is placed in the machine for shredding and the minced meat is red in colour and that there is no evidence of feathers or any other remnants of animal parts, because if you were grinding the whole chicken the product colour will not be white, as is the colour of chicken nuggets available in the market," said Sharif.

He reiterated that the municipality, represented by the Food Safety Department, is keen to ensure permanent and accurate control of all food products available in the market and that the safety of these products is priority.

The official denial comes within the "Confirmed News" initiative launched on the Dubai Municipality portal, which aims to reduce the circulation of rumors that are spread through the means of social media and to correct false news and malicious rumors and address them quickly.

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