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Ketchup manufacturing video manipulated: Dubai Municipality

Video misleading about production method was originally shot for a TV progamme, investigation finds

Dubai: A ketchup manufacturing video that is misleading the public about the production method is manipulated, Dubai Municipality said on Wednesday.

The civic body said it issued the clarification on the video that is being circulated in the social media channels after investigating the original video and the methods of manufacturing ketchup.

The Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality said in a press release that it became clear that the video was originally produced for the television programme, "How it's made" and the factory that was selected is one of the American factories known in the manufacture of ketchup.

However, the video that is being circulated on social media has been manipulated and some components that are not really connected to this product have been added to cause confusion in the community, said Iman Al Bastaki, director of Food Safety Department in Dubai Municipality.

She pointed out that the Food Safety Department directs the public to check the authenticity of the visual or audio clips or any other messages that may carry false information or data about food before publishing it or refer it to the competent authorities for verification.

Al Bastaki noted that the Municipality does not spare any effort in maintaining public health and protect the public from any risks. "For this, we have devoted a large force of observers and inspectors in all areas concerning the protection of public health and food," she said.

Al Bastaki confirmed that there are clear directives from the Director General of the Municipality on this area so as not to show any complacency at all in protecting people, and to emphasize on the application of all local orders and health regulations as well as the regional and international rules to protect public health.

It should be noted that the Food Safety Department of the Municipality is considered to be a food safety reference authority in the region, she added.