Meat unfit for human consumption found in a Shuwaikh store.
Tons of spoilt meat ‘seized’ Sample tests fail

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 20: Ministry of Commerce and Industry inspectors recently confiscated 22 tons of spoilt meat from a warehouse in Shuwaikh under the supervision of Undersecretary Abdulaziz Al-Khalidi, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

Al-Khalidi revealed the inspection was conducted after tests on the samples of meat showed they are not fit for human consumption. He then instructed a team of inspectors affiliated to the Capital Governorate and headed by Faisal Al-Ansari to raid the warehouse and issue a citation to the owner. He added a report has been forwarded to the Commercial Prosecutor for the necessary legal action.

According to Al-Khalidi, the ministry has also started taking steps to seize three tons of spoilt meat distributed in the market. He pointed out the ongoing inspection operations is just one way of deterring others from selling or distributing food products not fit for human consumption.

Stressing the need to strictly enforce the law and to punish those proven to have violated food safety regulations, Al-Khalidi asserted the necessary measures must be taken to address the problem, especially since some of those who have been arrested for involvement in this crime have started committing the same. He said this is a clear indication that the existing penalties are not harsh enough to deter those who violate the law.

In a related development, sources disclosed a heated argument ensued between the employees of the company which owns the warehouse and the inspectors. Sources added the ministry officials had coordinated with their Interior counterparts to interfere in the altercation and to prepare a report on the company’s refusal to cooperate with the inspectors.

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