Muscat: To make sure that the establishments such as restaurants and coffee shops comply with the health safety requirements, the food control department of the Directorate General of Muscat Municipality in Greater Muttrah recently raided around 30 coffee shops and restaurants and reported six cases of irregularities. Around 55 kg of cooked food and 61 cooking utensils were seized from these shops.
Article (4) of the Local Law (1/2001) on the regulation of markets states that no person may offer or sell a commodity or a commodity unless he has obtained the necessary licenses from the municipality and other competent authorities.
Article 7 stipulates that no person shall display or sell any goods or goods in a transport vehicle or erect kiosks on the market corridors or public roads without obtaining a health card and the necessary authorization from the municipality and the competent authorities.Municipality shall immediately remove the violation and the violator shall pay the removal cost.
Muscat Municipality has also worked to meet this challenge by building on the regulations regulating the work of street vendors issued by Ministerial Decision 241/2016) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI), and issuing Resolution 185/2017 about special health requirements for regulating the work of street vendors.
The Directorate General of the Municipality of Muscat in Quriyat conducted 5,076 inspection campaigns until November 2018, which included restaurants and bakeries, cafes and bakeries, large commercial centers and recorded around 56 violations.
The women inspection team also carried out 2,184 intensive campaigns on shops related to public health, such as hairdressing shops and hotels to make sure that the necessary health requirements are met, which led to the closure of 22 shops and seizure of and cosmetics.
A total of 474 weekly campaigns have focused on shops that need constant monitoring and follow-up, such as laundry shops, bakeries, fruits and nuts, men’s barbers, juice and ice cream shops, covered 36 shops and recorded 13 violations. A total of 70 kg of cooked food, 160 kg of ingredients used in cooking were confiscated.
Qais bin Sulaiman al Kushari, Director General at the of Directorate General of Health Affairs, said some of the challenges facing this sector include the low health standards of of some restaurants
As per the evaluation carried out in 2017, which included 840 restaurants and cafes, around 20 per cent (169) restaurants did not meet the minimum acceptable level of standards. These restaurants were given time to improve their situation and 48 restaurants still failed to meet the deadline.
The urban inspection departments are equipped with scientific and technical capabilities to ensure that these establishments meet health safety requirements such as food should be kept under proper sanitary conditions, employees should follow good hygiene practices to make sure the safety of products sold to consumers.