Street fish vendors phenomenon danger to society

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Increase supervision of places of sale outside fish market

KUWAIT CITY, July 3: The Kuwaiti Fishermen Union has warned against the phenomenon that the fish mongers have have spread, describing this phenomenon as a danger to society, in addition to being uncivilized, since the issue is quick profit through fraud and deception, reports Al-Qabas daily. In a letter he addressed to the Kuwait Municipality about the phenomenon of illegal fish vendors, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Union, Zaher Al-Suwayan, said that in recent years, the phenomenon of mobile vans selling foodstuffs have spread uncontrollably, especially fish, which are found in front of the fish markets.

This phenomenon is widely prevalent in Sharq in places overlooking the sea on the eastern front, as well as there are individuals who sell fish of all kinds in the open areas in the parking lots overlooking the sea. Al-Suwayan called this phenomenon unfavorable, unhealthy and uncivilized and more often than not they sell fish which is stale by tricking the unsuspecting consumer.

Al-Suwayan stressed that the union had warned those who indulge is such activities more than once over a period of more than ten years until it became a fait accompli. This practice is harmful to citizens and residents for several factors such as most of these cars are not subject to health checks or purpose for which they are intended to and are illegal, and therefore they sell fish that may not be valid, do not conform to specifications and whose source is unknown, and are sold as local Kuwaiti fish.

This is in addition to that they are street vendors and do not have health cards and poses a threat to the health of citizens, in addition to this the fish mongers who who pay rent for fish stall inside the fish market suffer because their sale is affected.

This phenomenon is uncivilized, as these cars are followed by a large group of individuals spread around the market and around the entrances to the market (at the moving doors) to pick up customers and deceive them about the fish that they have with them as fresh and cheaper, then they take most of the customers from the market doors and sell them in parking lots to achieve their goal of profit through fraud method.

The indiscriminate spread of these cars is a violation of the law to the extent that they sell fish even at street corners. “We fear this activity because the source of this fish is unknown and is a kind of commercial fraud since much of this fish was frozen and after defrosting sold as fresh fish. The union suggests increasing the supervision of places of sale outside the fish market or elsewhere; prohibiting cars from carrying fish, unless they are licensed according to health specifications and provided they belong to a licensed fishery or market or belong to a market stall.

Those advertising fish sale through the social media must be punished because this helps the spread this phenomenon, as it is illegal and there is no health control over it and tightening control over such advertisements and summoning their owners for violating the law. Al-Suwayan called on the municipality to take the necessary legal measures to work to deter this phenomenon by setting up an organized mechanism to monitor market positions in the eastern front (a permanent control point) to eliminate this uncivilized and bad phenomenon, prevent random sales and monitor roving cars while working to restore auction of fish inside the markets in Sharq and Fahaheel.

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