Proposal to Stop Selling Live Poultry in Residential Areas

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KUWAIT CITY, May 30: The Chairperson of the Board of Directors has urged the Director General of the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition, Dr. Reem Al-Fulaij, and the Director General of Kuwait Municipality to take action in canceling the sale of live poultry in shops located in residential areas. The aim is to prioritize the licensing of exhibitions for the sale of frozen chicken only, with the goal of safeguarding public health and ensuring consumer safety.

A letter from the Food and Nutrition Authority to the Kuwait Municipality,revealed the ongoing correspondence with the Ministry of Social Affairs regarding the cancellation of selling live poultry in stores, reports Al Qabas. The suggestion is to limit the licensing of exhibitions for the sale of frozen chicken, as the responsibility for identifying investment activities in cooperative societies within central markets and their affiliated branches in residential areas falls under the jurisdiction of the Kuwait Municipality, as per a decision issued by the Municipal Council.

The decision to cancel the activity of selling live poultry and focus solely on licensing exhibitions for selling chilled chicken is based on the need to preserve public health and consumer safety. This decision comes after testimonies from the Director of the Slaughterhouses Department and the Deputy Director General for Inspection and Control Affairs, as well as a legal opinion issued by the Legal Affairs Department. An official letter from the Ahmadi slaughterhouse highlighted the damages and disadvantages associated with shops selling, slaughtering, and processing live poultry in residential areas.

The Food and Nutrition Authority emphasized the importance of taking prompt measures in line with public interest and consumer safety. However, the implementation of the decision is contingent upon the approval of the Kuwait Municipality.

Further meetings and discussions between officials from the Food Authority and the municipality will be conducted to devise an appropriate mechanism for achieving the objectives of the decision and ensuring consumer health. The fate of this initiative will be determined in the coming days, depending on the approval or postponement by the Kuwait Municipality.

This proposal has not yet been communicated to the owners of companies and shops selling poultry in separate areas. If implemented, it will determine the fate of shops selling live chickens in residential, investment, and other areas, although further study and discussions will be held regarding the application of the decision.

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