As part of ensuring food safety, the Muscat Municipality has intensified inspections in all slaughter houses.
"From the very outset of the holy month of Ramadhan, the inspectors are keeping a close watch on the quality of food and to make sure that consumers are getting the best", said an official at the municipality.
He said that teams of inspectors from the Directorate General of Health Affairs will conduct three visits, including surprise checks during day and night, at all the food joints and slaughter houses.
"The inspectors will check ready meals sold in the malls and other outlets. Also the kitchen and catering staff will be examined for hygiene", he said.
Meanwhile, the municipality in a statement said that the Directorate General of Health Affairs has initiated steps keep livestock free from diseases.
"Livestock are examined by the veterinarians after their arrival and even before being slaughtered", the statement said.
In order to regulate the process of slaughtering, the municipality has rescheduled the working hours during the holy month.
Now they will be opened from 9 am to 4 pm from Saturday until Thursday, while work continues on Fridays for two hours from 9 to 11 am In the evening from 2 to 4 pm.