Dubai closes 53 food outlets in Q1 2021 due to Covid-19 infractions
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Dubai closes 53 food outlets in Q1 2021 due to Covid-19 infractions

Dubai closes 53 food outlets in Q1 2021 due to Covid-19 infractions

The municipality conducted 13,775 inspections during the first quarter of 2021, and issued warnings to 1,133 establishments

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Dubai Municipality has closed down 53 food establishments across the emirate during the first quarter of this year for violating Covid-19 protocols.

Sultan Al Taher, head of food inspection section in the municipality said that the officials conducted 13,775 inspections during the first quarter of 2021, to ensure compliance with the precautionary measures for Covid-19 .

Of these, the teams found that 12,438 of them were complying with the food safety requirements.

Al Taher added that while 53 food outlets were closed during the first quarter, 1,133 other establishments were issued warnings, reported state news agency WAM.

The most prominent violations that were detected were failure to adhere to social distancing, and failure to wear personal safety equipment such as masks and gloves during food preparation, and not using approved sterilisation and disinfection materials.

“During their visits, the municipality inspectors check the daily follow-up records of workers’ hygiene, the sterilisation and disinfection operations, in addition to ensuring that food safety requirements are applied while receiving food items, food preparation, storage, display at healthy temperatures, and the application of hygiene and sterilisation procedures, to prevent cross-contamination as well as pest control operations,” said Al Taher.

The municipality is continuing its inspection campaigns during Ramadan to ensure that these establishments meet the prescribed standards for transporting, storing, preparing and displaying food products.

Al Taher said that the municipality’s inspection teams carry out several routine inspection visits, based on the reports received from consumers, and also fine the violators.

On Sunday, Dubai Municipality tweeted to confirm that it was introducing the “Amanah” platform, a specialised secure and confidential communication channel for community members to share their views with the municipality, while safeguarding their privacy.

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