Kuwait orders closure of restaurants, bakery

Four restaurants and a bakery operating in Kuwait City have been forced to close after raids discovered food deemed unfit for human consumption.

Municipality inspectors found 70kg of tainted food, Kuwait News Agency reported.

"These businesses will be shut down with consequences of their actions taken into account," said the municipality's acting director General Mohammad Al-Otaibi.

He added that the raids which aim to raise food standards in the Gulf state, would continue.  

"Some of these businesses have started operating before their licences were issued, while others are selling expired foods," said Faleh Al-Shammeri, head of The Capital Governorate sector in comments published by KUNA.

The municipality reported 11 violations including the opening and management of a business before approval, selling outdated food, operating without a health certificate and for employing individuals with no health certification.

On Thursday it was reported that grocer Spinneys was forced to temporarily close its outlet at the Pearl-Qatar development after Doha municipality discovered health violations.

The Beirut-based firm is one of the Middle East's major food retail chains, with stores across Lebanon, Egypt, the UAE, Qatar and Jordan.

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