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The City of Dubai recently closed 12 popular kitchens, temporarily, for failing to meet required health conditions and standards, as part of a recent campaign by the Food Control Department in the municipality to inspect Mandi restaurants and popular kitchens in the Emirates, which included a visit to 113 food outlets, including 56 traditional cuisines and 57 Mandi restaurants.
Sultan Ali Al-Taher, head of the Food Inspection Department in Dubai Municipality, said the campaign came with the aim of following the popular Mandi cuisines and restaurants and ensuring their compliance with the health requirements followed and raising the level of health of no. -Compatible institutions, noting that closed institutions have been given ample opportunity to adjust their conditions and to change breach behaviors in preparation, to reopen it and that this comes from the principle of intolerance correction, in particular in cases of high risk and danger and direct violations of public health.
He explained that the campaign monitored several violations that were pursued and sought their correction, among which the most prominent under the order were health card violations.Of the 972 workers in the popular kitchens and restaurants Mandi, it was found that. 95 workers do not have an occupational health card, 29 workers have expired cards and do not have one. They are being renewed, and the percentage of non-compliance has reached 12.8%, which indicates that the violation was transmitted to institutions during and after the campaign with the aim of issuing new cards and renewing expired ones, followed by violations of “health training, as it was found that the percentage of health training and the application of the health surveillance system was low and the percentage of non-compliance reached the application. of the health surveillance system in public kitchens, and Mandi 50.4%, while the percentage of the number of untrained workers in the basics of food safety was about 44.8%.
Violation after the deadline
He stressed that the administration has given the offending facilities a short-term period for registering employees of those restaurants “untrained among themselves” for training courses with training companies approved by the municipality. Only 33 facilities have approved food transport. vehicles, and 8 do not have approved vehicles for health transport, explaining that the municipality has taken into account this violation and these institutions are stressed in order to finalize the approval of vehicles as soon as possible and will follow closely and continuously. to ensure that this violation is removed.Risk that is always repeated by the environmental emergency office.
Al-Taher also stressed that among the salient violations is the “list of approved suppliers”, as it was noted that these institutions did not have a clear interest in accrediting suppliers to them and that of the 113 institutions that were visited. only 43 institutions had supplier lists, while the remaining 70 institutions did not. Supplier lists, emphasizing that supplier lists are extremely important for food security, knowing their source and tracking food in case of notifications.
The campaign monitored 41 facilities that were not engaged in workers’ uniforms and official uniforms between institutions, while 72 were mandatory and all institutions were alerted to the need to respect the work uniform and its cleanliness, in addition to violations. of workflow data and equipment distribution, as it was found that only 96 institutions have line data identical to reality.
Al-Taher added: “Of the (113) institutions that have been visited, it has been found that (96) institutions have good thermal storage systems, and the temperatures have been in line with the specifics of thermal conservation. Food poisoning.
In the last place came the violation of “conformity of the area”, as it was found that there were (17) non-conform objects from a total of (113) institutions that were visited, including (12) traditional kitchens and (5) Mandi Kitchens.
He stressed that the Department of Food Control instructed the working team to focus on several important axes, the most important: verifying the application and activating the intern’s health supervisor program with a certificate authorizing him to work to be the liaison between the food enterprise and the food. Department of control and verification of construction safety at the preparation sites in terms of walls and floors, ceilings, lighting and ventilation, ensuring that the designated spaces for preparation, storage and display are appropriate and that these areas are separate from each other. , and ensure that workers adhere to personal hygiene, and that they possess valid occupational health cards, and that they undergo training in the basics of food safety.
He also referred to the emphasis on conformity standards of equipment set for the preparation, storage and display of approved specifications, ascertaining food sources, especially meat and high-risk foods, verifying the existence of data on the receipt of materials first. (lists of suppliers for primary food), and ensuring the safety of cooking processes Cooking, ensuring the application of best practices during various operations in the food chain to ensure food safety from contamination, verifying compliance with food storage according to the appropriate temperature for the type of food, ensuring that the means of food transport meet the conditions and specifications approved by the Food Control Department and ensure that Accreditation is obtained and that measures are taken to prevent the presence and spread of insects and rodents.
Terms and Specifications
The Food Inspection Section in the municipality had recently met with all the owners of the popular kitchens and Mandi and their employees to explain their inspections and purpose, how to treat the health conditions and sound specifications, as well as the mechanism of violations, to achieve. the ultimate goal of food security in Dubai, which can only be achieved with the cooperation of all parties.
The municipality requested these restaurants in general and necessary conditions that will be worked on their inspection later and ensure their implementation. These institutions should draft a corrective plan to eliminate violations in them, with a timeline for the implementation of his no more than two. months and prepare comprehensive maintenance and hygiene programs for all workplaces and equipment in these institutions, documenting and approving them by the Food Inspection Department and then monitoring its implementation according to a specific plan and focusing on awareness and training. workers in Mandi popular kitchens and restaurants on the basics of health and food safety, using simplified tools for this purpose, as well as training as a responsible health supervisor in these kitchens and increasing follow-up inspection visits to well-known kitchens to be during short periods to monitor the progress of work and to ensure the implementation of all directives related to the fulfillment of health conditions and the implementation of maintenance and hygiene programs.
The Food Inspection Department of Dubai City Hall called on the honored public to forward their observations and inquiries to the Food Control Department by calling the toll-free number 800900 of the municipal call center, which is open 24 hours a day.
Alarm for Thai restaurant
Omar Bu Shehab, Executive Director of the Commercial Control and Consumer Protection Sector at the Dubai Department of Economic Development, confirmed that the Thai restaurant has been violated under the clause of selling and promoting goods and services contrary to public morality, as has been the case. given the opportunity to change the menus, provided that the penalty reaches the closure of the restaurant in case of non-compliance. A team from the department will also visit the restaurant to verify the presence of some immoral paintings and statues and take legal action. in accordance with relevant procedures.
The restaurant owner filed an objection to the breach, arguing that the names of the meals are in fact titles of famous western songs. He also spoke about Dubai’s cultural and civilizing openness to the world, but Boushehab assured him that personal freedom stands. in the freedom of others.
Noting that Dubai is very keen to accept and interact with other cultures, but taking into account and respecting local customs and traditions and not violating public morals, explaining that what the restaurant has done is not acceptable in most countries.
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