Abu Dhabi: A hotel restaurant was temporarily shut for violating food safety rules last week.
The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) issued a circular to close the kitchen of the Radisson Blu Hotel on Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Thamer Al Qasimi, spokesperson at the ADAFSA, said that the administrative closure was due to a number of food violations carried out by the establishment, which posed a threat to the health and safety of consumers.
Al Qasimi confirmed that the hotel’s kitchen would remain closed as long as the offences remained, and would only reopen once the mistakes are rectified. The hotel has since issued a statement to confirm its kitchen reopened on Sunday after a 'partial refurbishment throughout the weekend'.
Despite several warnings, the hotel kitchen was found to have repeated the following offences:
- Failure to provide proper storage for foodstuff and food products
- Lack of maintenance in the food preparation area
- Sweets were not labelled properly
- Failure to provide training for food purchasers
Al Qasimi pointed out that the restaurant closure "comes within the framework of the inspectors’ efforts to strengthen compliance of food safety rules in the emirate of Abu Dhabi,” which also emphasises on implementing the strict policy code as issued by authorities.
A statement from Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company (ADNH) confirmed on Wednesday that the kitchen was reopened on Sunday following a 'partial refurbishment throughout the weekend'.
"The hotel continues to work closely with the authorities as part of its ongoing efforts to maintain quality and standards; and in compliance with Abu Dhabi's food and safety requirements," added the statement.
ADNH also said the hotel would undergo a major renovation over the summer.
Residents in Abu Dhabi are urged to report food safety violations to the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre through contacting the toll free number 800 555.