Abu Dhabi store shut down for food safety violations

Inspections part of strategy in industrial area to ensure low-income workers not put at risk

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Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority inspectors inspecting items at a supermarket in Mussafah

Abu Dhabi: In an inspection campaign aimed at ensuring low-income workers do not eat food unfit for consumption, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) on Thursday closed down a grocery store in an industrial area for gross violations of food safety rules.

“Out of 27 groceries and supermarkets in Mussafah industrial area visited by the inspectors, 17 were compliant with all rules and regulations but one was closed down for serious violations,” a senior official told Gulf News on Thursday.

“ Out of 27 groceries and supermarkets in Mussafah industrial area visited by the inspectors, 17 were compliant with all rules and regulations but one was closed down for serious violations”
-Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority
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Nine other grocery stores and supermarkets were issued warnings for minor violations, said Mohammad Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at Abu Dhabi, ADFCA.

He did not have the name and further details of the closed grocery store as he was still awaiting the detailed report from the inspection team at the time of going to press.

Al Reyaysa said the campaign was part of the authority’s strategy to ensure low-income workers were not at risk from eating food that may harm them.

“In the industrial areas on the outskirts of the city, most of the customers are low-income workers and we have been giving priority to their welfare. And some owners of the supermarkets and owners have a misconception that being away from the city and catering to low-income workers, the authority may not monitor them regularly,” the official explained.

High priority

He made it clear that low-income workers not being subjected to unfit food was a high priority for the authority and it was monitoring all outlets selling food in the emirate, whether in the city or on its outskirts.

The official said the warnings were issued for four common violations. Many of the stores had rusted and dirty refrigerators which had to be replaced. Food items were found kept on the floor and under shelves. Poor hygiene was the third common violation. Many of them did not install insect traps near food items.

These violators have been given a chance to rectify matters, Al Reyaysa said.

At a grocery store inspected in the presence of the media, inspectors found things had improved. A senior inspector said he had issued four warnings to the store recently, but on Thursday he found that it had already rectified at least three problems. The remaining issue was temperature variation in the refrigerator and air-conditioner, he said. The fridge containing fresh juice and vegetables had a temperature of 7C but it should have been in the range of zero to five, he explained.

The general temperature of the store should have been cooler, the inspector added.

Al Reyaysa said inspectors visit all food outlets at least once a month. However, if warnings are issued, the number of visits increases, he said. The contact to report violations is 800 555.

— Maisoon Mubarak is an intern with Gulf News.

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  • MOHAMMAD INAM KHAN

    Aug 10, 2012 5:48

    This is really enccouraging about the seriousness of Abu Dhabi Authorities for taking too much care of the expatriate workers health and hygiene. May Almighty Allah bless them and the rulers of ABU DHABI for maintaining such a highly responsive system that is really caring about the people's lives, health and well being. May Allah shower his unlimited blessings on the rulers of ABU DHABI! AMEN!

  • Ahmad

    Aug 10, 2012 1:54

    Fantastic job, i really appriciate their effort. May Allah bless these authorities.

  • Bhaskar

    Aug 10, 2012 11:56

    Congratulations to AD authorities. This needs to be done in all emirates.

  • sindu

    Aug 10, 2012 10:41

    adfca great job. I had been working in UAE for food safety in hotels and clubs and I had real good experience from adfca. Even though I am not in UAE, but still miss adfca and their work.

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This is really enccouraging about the seriousness of Abu Dhabi Authorities for taking too much care of the expatriate workers health and hygiene. May Almighty Allah bless them and the rulers of ABU DHABI for maintaining such a highly responsive system that is really caring about the people's lives, health and well being. May Allah shower his unlimited blessings on the rulers of ABU DHABI! AMEN!

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