ABU DHABI - A team of inspectors of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) issued warnings to 12 food outlets during an inspection campaign in Liwa city, targeting a total of 21 outlets of high and medium risk categories. This was part of the intensive inspections ADFCA is conducting across the emirate ahead of the month of Ramadan.
Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, said the inspection campaign was in anticipation of the massive turn out of customers in the days preceding Ramadan.
"The main focus was on restaurants, cafeterias and groceries. Nine outlets were fully compliant with the rules. We have not issued any violations, which reflects the rising levels of compliance with food safety rules," he pointed out.
The warning were issued against selling products not allowed as per the license, bad hygiene, maintenance, storing and ventilation, sale of food stuff whose origin was not clear, use of paper napkins in place of cloth pieces and refreezing of frozen items after melting.
Last week, ADFCA inspectors conducted a two-day inspection campaign in Abu Dhabi City on meat shops during which 12 outlets were issued fines out of a total of 40 visits. 28 meat shops were fully compliant. 57 kg of meat were ordered to be destroyed due to bad quality.
The reasons for warnings were the following: Unhygienic cutting boards and freezer roofs, not getting rid of unusable meat residues, packing meat beyond capacity in the freezers preventing air circulation, not switching on the insect traps, not changing water in knife sterilizers, not separating meat from the discards such as liver, kidney and hearts in the freezer and not wearing head covers.