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Officials destroy 245 tons of unfit food from Dubai markets

Inspectors prevent fish from being displayed outside shops and the sale of rotten goods.

Officials destroy 245 tons of unfit food from Dubai markets
ON SALE: Inspectors destroyed two tons of bad fish that was on its way for sale. (Getty Images)

Dubai Municipality has destroyed 245 tons of food that was unfit for human consumption from shops and markets across the emirate, according to an official statement on Monday.

Officials have launched an extensive inspection campaign to ensure strict hygiene standards are being met as the hot summer season begins.

Inspectors said they prevented fish being displayed outside shops in Karama market, and destroyed two tons of bad fish that was on its way for sale, according to a statement.

Round the clock monitoring of all food retailers is on going to “preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents,” said Sultan Ali Tahir, head of the Products Monitoring Section.

"The inspectors are taking all legal actions against abusers of the rules and regulations of the municipality,” he said.

Daily inspection checks are being carried out at all shops in the fish markets in Deira, Shindagha and Karama, as well as the Central Vegetables and Fruits Market.

Some 214 offences, including selling rotten food, incorrect food storage and workers not displaying the correct health cards, were found during the inspection campaign.

"We focused on the maintenance of shops and the removal of old equipment such as shelves, platforms and replacing them with new ones. We also checked the health cards of the employees, and followed up the fish offered for sale at the stalls and confiscated the rotten ones and checked whether sufficient quantities ice were put over the fish supply,” he explained.

Fines were also issued to a number of retailers for exhibiting and selling damaged fruit and vegetables, including those contaminated with pesticides, Tahir said.

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Cora R. 10 years ago

THANK YOU DUBAI MUNICIPALITY!

Pradeep Naik 10 years ago

I am sure Tahir is writing or speaking about food & fish suppliers by sitting in his office. Depending on one sided news from his field staff. Do visit Awir market & see the working conditions, instead of confiscating their shelves & pallets, checking their health cards.are you giving them any facilities or basic aminities to work there. You know most of those workers stay in the market & check how many fall sick & die without treatments. Forget all that they do not have even enough fan in the working area, go out of your airconditioned office & car then you & Govt may feel that they must do something for the people. Instead of medical cards check their visas who & for how much they are selling visas. On top of all this in this double recession created by many unplanned projects, you are proudly saying about destroying 245 tons of food, well you know the loss is not going from your or Govt funds it is going from all those business men who are in the market. You are looking at adding penalties to make money for your department. Seing is not beliving, but when you will believe that without giving more facilities to any business man your country will have no chance of survival. Accecpt this bitter truth of life. I am not sure if they will publish ths comment but I wish if editor should send this mail to Tahir & Cora who is thanking you for destruction.

Mike 10 years ago

If DM actually did the work on a waste to energy project instead of talking about it, they'd have made money on the 245 tons. Their internal consumption at their greywater recycling plants alone could get the energy, so they don't have to deal with DEWA.