(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Ajman Municipality has issued fines on 1,328 food-related establishments for not meeting the safety requirements in the first six months of this year, officials have said.
Inspectors from the municipality made 17,243 inspections and fined 1,328 establishments. The civic body had received a total of 1,052 complaints from the public on food outlets and all of them were handled.
The municipality's Food Control Laboratory examined 4,485 food samples from 642 outlets and found only 46 samples not fit for human consumption. There were no comparative figures given in previous years. Yahya Ibrahim Ahmed, Director-General of the Ajman Municipality and Directorate of Planning, said the civic body will further intensify its food control inspections to ensure the safety of the residents. "We are adding about 12 new devices in the central food laboratory including devices that would examine samples of milk and juices, which were not present in the laboratory before," he said.
Khalid Hosni Al Muain, Director-General of the Public Health and Environment Department at the municipality, said inspections were to be intensified as part of the municipality's preparations for the holy month of Ramadan.