By Staff writer
Dubai Municipality will start implementing guidelines on preparing and selling shawarma this month
Dubai Municipality has started crackdown on shawarma outlets after the deadline to implement the new guidelines on preparing and selling shawarma ended on October 31.
Almost 45 per cent of shawarma stands in Dubai will face closure over failure to implement the guidelines, a municipality food official has said.
A statement from the civic body said 113 out of the 572 shawarma shops have stopped selling shawarma while 141 shops haven’t taken any corrective measures. It added 146 outlets are fully complying with the new guidelines and 172 shops are still in the process of completing the formalities.
“We had sent out letters to 572 small and medium food outlets since the beginning of May explaining the food and health rules and regulations to be met by the Shawarma making establishments,” Sultan Al Tahir, Head of Food Inspection Section at Dubai Municipality said.
During the routine inspection campaigns, the municipality found that shops did not have enough space to prepare the food and were bringing the meat/chicken from other establishments. They also did not have space to put ingredients such as mayonnaise, garlic sauce, tahini.
“They kept these outside the refrigerators, near to the hot place meant for cooking and preparing sandwiches, which expose them to damage due to the proliferation of bacteria caused by high heat, especially in our country, which has hot climate for a long time of the year, which threatens the possibility of poisoning,” Al Tahir said.
He said the establishments that have not taken any action will be dealt with as per law.