ADFCA Closes down Al Ibrahimi Restaurant in the Capital for Food Safety Violations
Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has ordered punitive closure of the Madinat Zayed branch of Al Ibrahimi restaurant (license number 1040214) in the capital yesterday, following an inspection.
The inspectors of the Authority found the restaurant was violating several rules and regulations governing food safety in the emirate. The hygienic conditions in the restaurant were so bad that the Authority decided to immediately order its closure in the interest of public health and safety.
Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA said that the restaurant would remain closed until rectifying the utterly deplorable hygienic conditions. "We were shocked to find that the restaurant, which we understand is a popular eatery, was functioning in violation of all norms of public hygiene," he pointed out.
The inspectors destroyed 85 kg of food items right on the spot for they were found unfit for human consumption. This included 66 kg and 19 kg of chicken and meat respectively kept for grills.
Overflowing and stinking drainage pipes in the kitchen, cockroaches in abundance, insects and bugs all over the cooking area, signs of the presence of rodents in the basement kitchen, large quantities of meat and chicken products emitting bad smell, de-freezing food items in unhealthy ways that cause contamination, utterly unhygienic environs and unclean equipment, insufficient lightning and ventilation in cooking areas, broken ceramic in cooking areas, mixing of eggs, vegetables and food packets in the refrigerator and storing vegetables under the sink are among the many violations recorded in the inspection report. "We call upon the general public to bring food safety violations to our notice all across the emirate. The types of violations found in the Al Ibrahimi Restaurant could have caused many health hazards for the consumers. The safety of the consumers is of paramount importance for us and we will not be lenient with regard to any negligence or violation, regardless of the size, reputation or popularity of the food outlet," Al Reyaysa stressed.