(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat Municipality recently confiscated 2,017 cartons of candies imported from Turkey at Port Sultan Qaboos in Muttrah.
According to officials, 1,137 cartons were destroyed as they were not fit for consumption because of being stored improperly and being exposed to sunlight. As many as 880 cartons were sent back.
This action was a result of Muscat Municipality's recent inspections carried out over three days covering 618 shops. The civic body also ordered the closure of three shops and issued 67 notices for violations.
Apart from 252kg and 86 cans of food, 18 implements used for different purposes by establishments were also destroyed by municipality officials.
Officials led 1,062 inspections, issued 16 violation notices to shops at Mawaleh Central Market and destroyed 14,255kg of rotten vegetables and fruits.
''Monitoring bodies at Muscat Municipality are well-qualified in inspecting and researching about health violations, and they spend a lot of time and effort to keep track of them. Once an alert is received about an offence and where it has taken place, we immediately follow the case,'' said Qais bin Sulaiman al Kisheri, director of health affairs at Muscat Municipality.
Kisheri also added that administrative decision number (168/2011) on issuing health regulations for activities affecting public health, has specific regulations for each activity, including selling food items as well on electricity and water connections, sanitation and public hygiene.
The municipality has called upon owners of commercial establishments to follow health norms and contact it in case of queries. Consumers can call 1111 for comments and enquiries.