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Inspections team in Egaila issues 17 citations; 30 kilos of meat, fish, butter seized Hawally Municipality destroys 696-kg expired food items

KUWAIT CITY, July 17: Kuwait Municipality is continuing the execution of its field project titled ‘Our preparations are different in Ramadan’, which involves extensive inspection of markets. The campaigns are being carried out in collaboration with the Public Relations Department, Food and Markets Monitoring Department and emergency teams, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Meanwhile, the emergency team of Hawally Municipality confiscated and destroyed 696 kilograms of expired food items during an intensive inspection campaign on the ways food items are stored. The officials issued citations to the violators during the campaign.

The Public Relations Department of Kuwait Municipality affirmed in a press statement that they will continue to follow-up and monitor the activities at food sale and storage outlets through inspection campaigns. The campaigns are not primarily aimed at issuing citations but for protecting the health and welfare of consumers as well as exposing the misdeeds of certain people. Meanwhile, the Public Relations Department in Kuwait Municipality will continue its inspection campaign during the holy month of Ramadan, in cooperation with control agencies in the Municipality branches in all six governorates, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

In a press statement recently, the department explained the objective of the campaign is to ensure all food items in the market are fit for human consumption, as well as maintain the standard of storage conditions in cooperative societies and other foodstuff sale points to protect the health of consumers. The department has conducted field inspections in Egaila which resulted in the issuance of 17 citations - six due to lack of health certificates for vendors, another six for employing someone without a health certificate to work in the foodstuff section, two for failure to adhere to sanitation regulations, two for operating business with expired license, and one for expired food products.

Also in Ahmadi Governorate, the inspection campaign led to destruction of 30 kilograms of meat, fish and butter due to lack of stickers that indicate the product specification, ingredients and production and expiration dates. The Municipality then urged the public to report cases related to foodstuff and public health through its hotline number 139.

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