By Beatrice Thomas
During the two-day operation inspectors found workers had changed expiry date labels on food boxes
Kuwait’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has uncovered several tonnes of expired and spoiled food in an operation considered the largest seize in the Gulf state’s food inspection history, it was reported.
Sources quoted by the Kuwait Times said the two-day operation carried out Sunday covered four warehouses owned by a single company, with items seized including meat products, fish, poultry and other ingredients.
They said while they indicated that the volume of the seized amount was yet to be fully determined, it was the largest that ministry inspectors had ever dealt with.
Monitoring prior to the raid revealed that workers inside the four warehouses were changing expiry date labels on food boxes.
It was reported that it was so large that the ministry called in help from the Kuwait Municipality to sort through the items and destroy the bad food products.
“The shipments were separated into parts, one sent to the MCI’s laboratories for testing and the other taken to Kuwait Municipality labs,” the Times reported.
Abdulmohsen Al Mudej, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce and Industry was reported to have assigned a ministry consultant to follow up on the inspection and take samples to the public prosecution.
The operation came as part of extensive campaigns on markets and suppliers to detect irregularities, including bad food and fake prices increases before the holy month of Ramadan, which starts late June.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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"... the two-day operation carried out Sunday ..."
Just correct or clarify it - no need to publish this feedback.
Whatâ€™s to clarify? The two-day operation carried out Sunday means the operation started Sunday and ended on Monday. Granted, grammatically it is not accurate but we kind of understood that they meant â€œthe two-day operation, that started on Sundayâ€¦"