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Thu 4 Mar 2010 10:58 AM

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Health and safety crackdown for Jeddah shops

Report claims many sites are breaking licensing regulations and hygiene rules.

Health and safety crackdown for Jeddah shops
CLEAN SWEEP: Jeddah Municipality has conducted a series of spot inspections to identify stores breaking health and safety regulations. (GETTY IMAGES)

A total of 44 percent of shops recently inspected by Jeddah Municipality broke health and safety regulations in some way, a report has revealed.

From 2,082 shops inspected, a total 931 sites had violated local rules; 653 of these had broken hygiene laws, while the rest had flaunted licensing regulations, according to the Saudi Gazette.

“However, while 105 violators were fined, the violations of 195 shops were not very serious and so they were allowed to make amends and continue operating,” said Bashir Abu Najm, director general of the Licensing and Commercial Monitoring Department – which carried out the inspections - according to the paper.

“The most common health violation involved workers not having valid health cards, negligence in adhering to health and safety regulations, poor cleaning practices, staff not wearing uniforms and poor preservation of food.”

The district with the highest number of shops breaking the violations was Jamiah, with 135.

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