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Abu Dhabi orders closure of popular restaurant

Overflowing sewage pipes found at Hamdan Street branch of US restaurant Chili's

Abu Dhabi orders closure of popular restaurant

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority said on Wednesday that it has ordered the closure of a branch of Chili's restaurant in Abu Dhabi.

The action has been taken to shut the Hamdan Street branch of Chili's following an inspection.

Inspectors found the restaurant was violating several rules and regulations governing food safety in the emirate.

The hygienic conditions in the restaurant were so bad that the authority decided to immediately order its closure in the interest of public health and safety.

Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, said that the restaurant would remain closed until all violations were rectified.

"The restaurant was violating several rules and regulations concerning food safety," he said in a statement.

Lack of commitment of all staff to cover their hair in the preparation area, storing cooking equipment in an electrical room and overflowing sewage pipes in cooking areas were some of the complaints.

"We call upon the general public to bring food safety violations to our notice all across the emirate. The types of violations found in the Chilli's Restaurant could have caused many health hazards for the consumers," Al Reyaysa said.

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Minaka 8 years ago

Is only Abu Dhabi doing these checks? What about Dubai?

Anupama V. Chand 8 years ago

Kudos to the ADFCA for taking the necessary action to stop restaurants violating the cleanliness and hygiene rules. This lack of hygiene becomes a bigger problem in the summer months, owing to the increase in all types of bacterial and viral infections during this time. The E-Coli outbreak in Germany is just a case in point. I do hope municipal authorities in all Emirates will take punitive action and bring restaurants flouting health safety rules to book, sparing no one, whether they are local restaurants or international franchises, which normally try to maintain a semblance of cleanliness.

Prakash Java 8 years ago

If an international chain like Chilis flouts Safety & Health standards then one can imagine the conditions in smaller way side reataurants. Strict vigilance should be enforced and stiffer penalties awarded to defaulters.

Regards,

Prakash Java

Nishran 8 years ago

There are many hotels in town where food serving and table cleaning is done by the same person, with uncleaned hand they serve the food, it should be stopped. Milk based sweetmeats are stored in normal condition without refrigeration. Which can be a source of health hazards. snacks food is displayed uncovered. Please take a note of this.

Suley 8 years ago

Fine, so how come we are normally NOT given the names of restaurants closed down or fined for health violations (of which there are hundreds annually here) and hence why in this case.

timmyjt 8 years ago

Chilis?????? didnt think it would happen to them as well...being a bigger franchisee and we would think they had higher standards to conform to....this is not good at all...this premium fast food restaurant was the last i expected to get shut down in this manner...

UAE fan 8 years ago

well done Abu Dhabi. I like your zero tolerance policy for any entity that messes around with the health of the public. Keep it up.

Chili's 8 years ago

CHILI’S TAKES CUSTOMER SAFETY SERIOUSLY - Chili’s ABU DHABI branch located on Hamdan Street is pleased to inform its customers that it is open and ready to serve. In compliance with the safety-related observations addressed to the restaurant by Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) yesterday (June 1), Chili’s continues to rise up with immediate actions taken overtime on all of the said safety concerns. Chili’s proves that it takes public health and safety, which continue to be its top priority, very seriously. Chili’s ensures its customers that their safety and health will always be its top priority and their favorite casual dining Restaurant is OPEN to serve TODAY, June 2.

Simon 8 years ago

Yes...you do all this...once you're caught! what about before? you weren't bothered then about customer food safety.

Faisal 8 years ago

I am not going to eat there whether the violations have been fixed or not