ADFCA issues 19 food warnings in Western Region

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority targets high-risk food establishments

One of the violations inspectors noted were staff members not cleaning equipment after use.
One of the violations inspectors noted were staff members not cleaning equipment after use.

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has launched a comprehensive inspection campaign in the Western Region, targeting what it feels are high risk food establishments in Madinat Zayed, Al Marfa' and Tarif.

Starting a week before the holy month of Ramadan, the first phase of the campaign in Madinat Zayed covered 19 outlets, including school canteens. This phase resulted in 10 warnings, one violation slip and the destruction of 14kg of food items unfit for consumption.

Eight outlets were found fully compliant with the rules and regulations. In Al Marfa' and Tarif, nine outlets out of a total of 11 received warnings.

Did you like this story?
Click here for more

Director of communication and community service at ADFCA, Mohamed Jalal Al Rayssi, said in a statement that the campaign focused on four principal aspects, namely, the environment, storing, tools and equipments and practices.

"The environs include the floor, preparation areas, piling of dirt under the preparation areas and behind the refrigerators, insides of the refrigerators, dining tables and others, besides the existence of insects," he said.

Wrong storing practices included the use of inappropriate containers, reuse of containers in improper ways and lack of hygiene in storing areas, according to Al Rayssi.

He added, "As for tools and equipment, the inspectors found in some places that the number of air conditioners was inadequate. Absence of foot-operated dustbins near the wash basins, plastic curtains at the main entrance and metal tables for cleaning vegetables was another shortcoming noticed."

Some of the incorrect practices noticed by inspectors during the campaign included improper storing of cooked foods, not covering food containers, use of cloth pieces for cleaning instead of paper napkins, storing salads in coloured plastic containers instead of steel containers with lids, lack of usage of insect repellents, keeping dustbins open, refreezing frozen meats and chicken, and not cleaning tools after use.

For all the latest hospitality news from UAE, Gulf countries and around the world, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page.

Most Popular

Newsletter

Reports

Human Capital Report 2017

Human Capital Report 2017

The second annual Hotelier Middle East Human Capital Report is designed to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities facing hospitality professionals responsible for the hotel industry’s most important asset – its people. The report combines the results of Hotelier Middle East's HR Leaders Survey with exclusive interviews with the region's senior human resources directors.

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016

The Hotelier Middle East Housekeeping Report 2016 provides essential business insight into this critical hotel function, revealing a gradual move towards the use of automated management and a commitment to sustainability, concerns over recruitment, retention and staff outsourcing, and the potential to deliver much more, if only the industry's "image problem" can be reversed.

From the edition

From the magazine