Kuwait Authority Shuts Down Restaurants and Bakeries Over Violations

Raids conducted in Hawally, Salmiya

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KUWAIT CITY, April 24: Muhammad Al-Kandari, the Hawalli Governorate Inspection Supervisor at the Food and Nutrition Public Authority, has announced the closure of four food establishments in Hawalli and Salmiya due to severe violations. The closures were part of an ongoing effort to ensure food safety and public health through rigorous inspections and adherence to international food safety standards. In an interview with Al-Anba newspaper, Al-Kandari explained that these closures are part of a broader initiative to maintain high safety standards in food production and distribution.

The inspection tour revealed multiple violations, including the presence of flying and crawling insects in food preparation areas, poor personal hygiene among staff (such as untrimmed nails), and the sale of adulterated or expired food products. These infractions prompted immediate legal action and the closure of the offending establishments. Al-Kandari stressed that even if the food products currently appear safe, conditions can change over time. Thus, reopening is contingent upon a thorough re-inspection to ensure all violations have been resolved. The closed establishments undergo temporary reopening to allow for corrective measures, after which inspectors return for follow-up checks. Only once all issues are resolved, and previous violations are addressed, is permanent reopening permitted. The closed establishments include a bakery, a sweets shop, and a restaurant in the Hawalli area, along with two restaurants in the Salmiya area.

The Food and Nutrition Public Authority’s inspection team has been conducting regular visits throughout the governorate to monitor compliance and enforce regulations. Al- Kandari emphasized that these efforts are essential to protect consumer health and uphold food safety standards in the market. Al-Kandari’s team remains committed to ensuring that food establishments meet safety requirements. This commitment reflects the Authority’s dedication to implementing effective policies and control systems in accordance with international standards. These actions contribute to preserving public health and maintaining consumer confidence in food safety.

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