Municipality campaign to improve ventilation in 643 food outlets in Dubai

Published on Oct 11 2017 - - Gulf - -

Sultan Ali Al Taher, Head of food inspection section of the food control department of Dubai municipality speaks during an interview at his office in Dubai municipality at Al Twar area in Dubai. June 17, 2015. Photo by Patrick Castillo

Municipality campaign to improve ventilation in 643 food outlets in Dubai

 

Dubai, 11 October 2017:

 

Dubai Municipality has carried out a campaign to improve the ventilation in 643 food outlets in the emirate.

 

Sultan Al Tahir, Head of Food Inspection Section in the Food Safety Department of Municipality explained that the campaign aims to ensure the safety of workers and provide a safe and healthy working environment, which helps to maintain food safety.

 

Al Tahir added that the inspection team in the Department carried out the campaign during the period between July and August, and included 643 out of the 17,000 food outlets operating in the emirate.

 

He explained that the inspections, conducted at the beginning of the campaign, were to see whether these establishments were committed to the food safety requirements, and whether the temperature of the kitchen or workplace was between 25 and 26 ° C.

 

Al Tahir added that before starting the campaign during the summer, 141 outlets had already improved the ventilation and carried out maintenance of their facilities, especially as the cooking areas require high-temperature ovens that affect the ventilation quality if not in a good condition.

 

“While visiting some outlets, we found that the workers were exhausted by the intensity of the heat, and the inspectors issued fines to the owners of these food establishments, who had repeated violations. We have decided to implement the campaign to alleviate the suffering of workers, and to provide the conditions to ensure the preparation of food in appropriate environment,” he said.

Al Tahir pointed out that 345 establishments have improved their performance during the campaign period, and carried out necessary maintenance for air conditioning and ventilation.

 

“We had given a deadline to 157 outlets until the first of September to improve ventilation and to carry out necessary maintenance,” he said.

 

Al Tahir added that these initiatives are aimed primarily at ensuring the improvement of the performance of workers in food establishments and that the working conditions are humanitarian.

 

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