In an inspection campaign targeting27 grocery stores in Musaffah Industrial Area,Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) inspectors issued 9 warnings, closed a store for gross violations of food safety standards, and found 17 others in compliance with all rules and regulations.
Mr. Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service, ADFCA, said, ï¿½In Addition to routine visits, inspectors will continue to conduct unexpected ones to ensure that all food outlets and storesadhere to food safety standards.ï¿½
Al Reyaysa described the campaign as part of the authorityï¿½s strategy to ensure that consumers from all segments of our society are not at risk from foods that may pose harm. He also explained that inspectors are checkingfood expiry dates, in addition to monitoring refrigerators and freezers to ensure proper usage and storage techniques.
ADFCA inspectors found various violations in some stores ranging from lack of cleanliness to storing foods directly on floors which is in clear violation of food safety standards. They also noticed the accumulation of dirt under tables and behind the display refrigerators, Freezers, in addition to stockpiling food which is a favorable environment for the breeding of insects and rodents.
ï¿½ADFCA will remain on the guard for violations and failures to follow food safety standards, and we encourage all stores to adhere to those mandatory safety standards in storing and handling foods. ADFCAï¿½s inspections will tackle all food-related activities with the aim of providing the highest degree of safety for consumers, especially on occasion such as Eids, Ramadan fast and so onï¿½ Al Reyaysa concluded.