Abu Dhabi supermarket shut down for flouting food safety rules

Outlet was fined four times and given a final warning before it was eventually closed

ABU DHABI, UAE - July 27, 2011-  Mansour Adb El Latif, of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority's Department of Field Operations, looks inside a refrigerator at Qwaider Al Nabulsi Sweets during an inspection while looking for violations of the health code on Wednesday July 27, 2011.  (Andrew Henderson / The National)
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A branch of an Abu Dhabi supermarket chain has been shut down by authorities for breaching food safety rules.

It was closed on Thursday after it flouted health and safety regulations, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority said.

Health officials said the supermarket branch's failures were high risk.

Before reaching the decision, officials fined the outlet four times and issued a final warning over its unhygienic practices.

“Despite regular inspections and warnings, violations related to food and health safety requirements were not corrected,” the authority said.

They said food was stored in unsanitary areas while insects were found in the outlet and vegetables, fruits and meat that had gone bad remained on display.

The outlet will remain closed until management rectifies the situation, it said.

Supermarkets and restaurants across the emirate are regularly inspected to protect the public and ensure they comply with food safety requirements.

The public is urged to report any issues by calling 800555.

Updated: November 05, 2022, 4:20 PM
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