By Andy Sambidge
Dubai Municipality reveals number of retailers penalised during first half of 2013
More than 50 food outlets in Dubai have been temporarily closed during the last six months for flouting rules, it was announced on Wednesday.
Dubai Municipality halted business of 53 food establishments temporarily, said Sultan Ali Taher, head of food inspection section at the food control department.
Most of them found to be failing in applying rules and regulations regarding storage, preparation and transport of food items, he said in a statement.
The businesses can resume their operations once they fulfil the requirements.
He said nearly 13,000 inspections were conducted on eateries in Dubai in the first half of the year and based on these, they have been categorised into A, B, C, D, E according to their performance.
He said 25 food establishments have been awarded A for being 'excellent' and some 1,591 have been given B for their 'very good 'performance.
Twenty-nine establishments were ranked in the 'poor' performance level.
"We see that establishments get these two ranks are increasing when compared to the figures last year, thanks to the systematic inspections carried out by the food control department," he added.
He said the number of shops that flouted rules reduced by 20 percent compared to the same period last year.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.
This would be more meaningful for the public and more effective for enforcement and compliance if the names of the violators were listed.