Closure of a restaurant in Al Sila to use “dirty towels” in food preparation areas

The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority issued a decision to administratively close the establishment of "Cafepec Restaurant and Cafeteria" in the city of Baiya Al Sila in the Al Dhafra region, which holds commercial license No. CN-3845673, for violating Law No. (2) of 2008 regarding food in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the legislation issued pursuant thereto. As well as its danger to public health.

The authority explained that the food control report stated that the administrative closure decision came as a result of the facility's failure to implement food safety requirements, which affects the level of food safety and consumer health, as it was noted that there was a lack of commitment to the cleanliness of the facility and equipment, and the use of unclean "towels" in cleaning operations in food preparation areas. Which leads to the occurrence of food cross-contamination, in addition to the inefficiency of pest control programs, where insects were monitored in food preparation areas, and maintenance operations were monitored during the handling of foodstuffs, which affects food safety, and the use of inappropriate and unclassified equipment and tools for food use, In addition to poor preservation of ready-to-serve foods and dry foods, expired foodstuffs kept in the freezer and refrigerator with other foodstuffs fit for consumption were also monitored.

Despite the successive inspection of the facility, the inspectors’ observations related to food health and safety requirements were not responded to, as the inspectors issued three violations and alerted the administrative closure, but they did not correct their situation and complete the comments received against them.

The authority confirmed that the administrative closure order will remain in effect until the violation conditions are corrected and the facility meets all the necessary requirements to ensure the health and safety of food.

She stated that the administrative closure decisions and the detection of the observed abuses come within the framework of the inspection efforts aimed at strengthening the food safety system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and confirming the supervisory role to ensure that all establishments adhere to food safety requirements, explaining that all establishments of different nature and food products are subject to periodic inspection by the inspectors of the authority to ensure that Comply with food safety requirements.

The authority called on the public to communicate with it, and to report any violations that are monitored in any food establishment or when they suspect the contents of the food item by calling the toll-free number of the Abu Dhabi government 800555 so that the authority’s inspectors can take the necessary action to reach safe and sound food for all members of society in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi .

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