4,000 tonnes of unfit food destroyed

March 04, 2013 - 3:19:07 am

DOHA: The health inspection department at the Doha Municipality destroyed 4,000 tonnes of food last year that was found unfit for human consumption and detected an equal number of violations of health regulations, a senior official has said.

About 25 percent of the destroyed food included fruits and vegetables, Mohammed Al Sayed, head of the health monitoring section at the municipality told a local Arabic daily.

The department closed down 60 outlets last year for violating rules. It conducted inspections at 31,000 outlets during the year, including eateries, food stalls, barber shops, beauty salons, laundries, fruit and vegetable shops and commercial complexes.

Majority of violations were detected at eateries.

“Every day we inspect about 23 tonnes of frozen meat, four tonnes of local fish and four tonnes of imported fish. 

“Checkups are also conducted on 1,200 to 1,400 sheep at automatic abattoirs, 300 to 400 sheep at conventional slaughter houses, 20 to 50 camels, 10 to 15 cows before and after slaughter,” said Al Sayed.

The Penisula