Qatar bans transport of fish in open vehicles

June 7, 2011

Qatar has pledged a zero-tolerance policy towards carrying fish in open vehicles and flouting health conditions and regulations.

In a stern warning following consumer complaints on transporting fish in open vehicles, the environment ministry said that legal action will be taken against those implicated in the illegal practices.

“Vehicles carrying fish should be provided with appropriate refrigerators or heat insulator, boxes of a thickness not less than 10 centimetres,” the fisheries department said. “The boxes should be cooled automatically or by crushed ice in conformity with the certified specifications. Fish boxes should be fabricated from an appropriate healthy stainless substance easy to clean and sterilised to prevent contamination.”

However, fishermen called on the fisheries department to allocate special cooled vehicles to transport fish safely, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Tuesday.

They also warned that setting special specifications for fish vehicles will raise transport charges from the Doha port and that converting the open vehicles that are used to transport building materials and furniture beside fish will result in great losses for fishermen.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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