Qatar pledges strict service monitoring during Ramadan

July 18, 2011

Inspections will be intensified and conducted regularly in Qatar’s shopping malls, central market and all outlets selling food stuff during Ramadan, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning officials have said.

According to Mohammad Lahdan Al Kaabi, Deputy Director of Health Affairs of Doha Municipality, the strict monitoring of stores and food outlets will be conducted from morning until nighttime.

“Surprise raids will also be done on vendors in the wholesale market to detect any expired food items and to ensure that dealers abide by the provisions for health and vending,” Al Kaabi said, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

The Municipality has been carrying out inspections in stores, markets, shopping malls, butcheries and bakeries ahead of Ramadan. Inspectors will also be at hotels, eateries, cafeterias, Souq Waqif and food stalls in Industrial Area where they will take food samples to be checked in laboratories. Violators will face legal action.

The Food Department in Doha Municipality will also launch intensive raids in all restaurants, butcheries and shopping malls which sell meat products and food items to ensure conformity with storage. In addition, small cafeterias and restaurants and supermarkets in residential areas will also be inspected.

Ten days prior to the start of Ramadan the Municipality will issue special license for stores that sell kabab, samboosa, pies and sweets to ensure conformity with standards. Inspections will be done three times, one in the morning, another before Iftar (break of the fast) and at night, the daily said.

While morning inspections will focus on shopping malls, supermarkets and grocery shops, inspections before Iftar will be on food outlets that sell samboosa, restaurants and big iftar tents organised by Awqaf and charity organisations.

At night inspections will focus on outlets selling Arab sweets, kabab stalls and restaurants.

The municipality will coordinate with Mawashi to provide veterinarians required in abattoirs. Inspections will be conducted on fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables in residential areas.

In wholesale market business hours will be shifted to the evening after Iftar and this will be monitored by food inspectors.

Inspections will also be done in barber shops and beauty salons to ensure they abide by health requirements by the municipality that the workers have health certificates and that they are using masks and sterilised equipment.

Hamad Ebrahim Al Shaikh, Head of Food Control Division in Al Wakrah Municipality, said inspectors will use laser thermometers to detect temperature in refrigerators and warehouses and in addition a device to detect the validity of the cooking oil will also be utilised.



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