Abu Dhabi shuts down supermarket
Abu Dhabi, September 10, 2012
Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) said it has ordered the punitive closure of a supermarket located on Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Airport Road) following repeated violation of food safety rules.
Hani Supermarket and Bakery was found to have violated several rules related to food safety, remarked Ahmed Abdul Karim Al Sharaf, the acting director of communication and community service at ADFCA.
"First of all, sufficient number of workers had not undergone the essential food safety training, a mandatory requirement for all food establishments in Abu Dhabi," he pointed out.
Secondly, food items were stored and prepared in improper conditions, said Al Sharaf. "Also authorities found that sweets were being prepared while cleaning and maintenance work was going on," he added.
The ADFCA chief said the inspectors were shocked to find cockroaches and insects inside the outlet. Besides, there were not sufficient number of washbasins in the shop, he stated.
"In view of all these violations, ADFCA inspectors recommended the shop be closed until the reasons of violations are corrected to comply with all the rules and regulations governing food safety in the emirate," he added.
ADFCA was set up in 2005 as an independent food regulatory agency for Abu Dhabi. It embodies the Abu Dhabi Government's commitment to protecting its consumers, particularly by ensuring the safety and quality of food served throughout the public.-TradeArabia News Service