By Sarah Townsend
Outlets closed temporarily due to hygiene violations, insect infestations
Dubai Municipality temporarily closed 94 food outlets in the emirate due to hygiene violations in the first six months of the year, it has announced.
The closures came after officials carried out a total of 15,681 inspection visits over the period, responding to complaints from consumers.
In a statement, Sultan Al Taher, head of the food inspection section of the Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality, said that most of the closures were due to health and safety violations, and some were due to the presence of insects in the outlets.
The outlets were closed for a specified period to enable the owners to take action to comply with the regulations.
Al Tahir added that violations in the summer increase because of high temperatures – “as the heat directly affects the food and damage it faster and poor storage and ventilation add to it”.
He said: “These food establishments were given a short period of time to modify their status and clear all the violations related to hygiene and unhealthy practices, expired foodstuffs, and the presence of spoiled foods.”
At the same time, 1,409 food establishments in Dubai received ‘Excellent’ and ‘Gold’ ratings during the first half of 2017, Dubai Municipality said.