Ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, the health monitoring unit of Doha Municipality launched a massive crackdown on food outlets operating in Doha.
1,700 outlets with special focus on sweetmeat shops, eateries, commercial complexes and hotels were scrutinized strictly by health inspectors and recorded 19 violations. Legal action is being taken against erring outlets, said a press statement. The drive aims to ensure that the outlets maintain hygiene in displaying and preparing food.
The Municipality stipulated that outlets use food items fit for human consumption and those that meet specifications if they wanted to avoid legal action.
Also, two fast foods restaurants were shut down by the health monitoring unit at Al Khor and Al Dakhira Municipality for violating provisions of the law for regulating human foods — No. 8 of 1990. A food outlet was also closed down in Al Khor city for selling expired items during a recent inspection.
Outlets selling poultry products, mineral water, and dairy products were visited last week for inspections as well.
Not only small but big commercial complexes’ food storage rooms were checked including meat and fish facilities. Many violations were caught at fast food restaurants. Fruits and vegetable shops were also raided and were instructed to follow the safety procedures required for proper storage.
Slaughterhouses and meat supplying companies operating in the municipality as demands for meat increases ahead of Ramadan were also inspected.
The municipality has also taken steps where veterinary doctors have been checking slaughtered animals to ensure whether they are fit for human consumption. The inspection also intensified in Al Khor fish market to check whether the fish stock is fresh and fit for human consumption.