Presence of spoilt foodstuff rejected – ‘All imported items tested’

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KUWAIT CITY, April 13: The Public Relations and Media Department of Kuwait Municipality has denied rumors circulating on social media about the presence of foodstuff that are unfit for human consumption in the country, insisting that such rumors as baseless and that people should refrain from spreading such false news, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In a press statement, Head of the Services Sector Eng. Khalaf Al-Mutairi explained that the shipments coming to the country are checked based on applied rules and regulations. Upon arrival at the entry point, food inspectors examine the supporting documents of the shipments and verify whether the shipments are coming from restricted countries or not.

The shipments are then physically checked after which samples are taken to laboratories for tests in order to check their validity and ensure the specifications are in accordance the rules and regulations.

When the results of the tests show the samples are not fit for human consumption, importers have the right to demand a second test within a period not exceeding 14 days from the date of the results, under the supervision of Inspection and Follow- Up Department in the Imported Foodstuff Department.

When the samples are proven valid and fit for consumption, they are subjected to a third test. After that if the tests comes negative, the importers are given an option of shipping the consignment back to the country of origin; otherwise, the consignment is completely destroyed under the supervision of Kuwait Municipality.

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