Doha Municipality has announced a comprehensive plan for its different departments to prepare for the upcoming Eid al-Adha with a special focus on food establishments.
Accordingly, the municipality is set to tighten control measures and intensify inspection campaigns at all food facilities, shops and places where food items are processed and prepared, including slaughterhouses and consumer complexes. Last updated: July 26 2019 10:47 PM
The inspection tours are scheduled to begin Sunday and will continue until August 8, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has said in a statement.
Inspectors from the health control section will carry out checks on a daily basis with a special focus on nuts and sweets shops as well as shops selling other food products such as meat and poultry. The inspectors will check the validity of the products and their display methods to ensure that the food products are fit for human consumption, the statement notes.
The food unit at the Central Market will also conduct regular inspections at all outlets there, including the local and imported product yards. In addition, the meat health unit will supervise the progress of work at the slaughterhouses there from 5am until 5pm daily in shifts. Inspectors will also pay special attention to the Doha Corniche fish market.
Meat health unit will carry out checks at public slaughter houses from 5am to 5pm every day on shifts. On Fridays, checks will be carried from 5am to 5pm with break from 11am to 1pm. At camel and cattle slaughter houses, officials will conduct checks from 5am to 3pm daily except on Fridays when the timings are 5am to 10am and 1pm to 5pm. At automated slaughter houses, raids will be held from 5am to 5pm.
Meanwhile, the food control unit in the Industrial Area will carry out various inspection tours at food manufacturing companies and warehouses there. In addition, related complaints will be received in two shifts daily, from 8am until 2am.
Further, food inspectors and veterinarians will start instructing food establishments to pay more attention to raising their food health standards and avoid any violations of the relevant regulations.
During the Eid al-Adha period, general control inspectors will conduct checks to detect any unauthorised and unlicensed butcheries in co-operation with the Criminal Investigation Department.
Similarly, the municipal services affairs department will carry out their work in different shifts to provide the necessary public services and workers will be available at public gardens and parks during the Eid holidays.
The authorities have also plans to intensify steps to ensure hygiene during the Eid al-Adha holidays. The cleaning department will provide wastewater disposal service during the holidays and tankers will be available for service from 5.30am to 12pm.
Besides, two vehicles will carry out surveillance service from 3pm to midnight to control stray animals. Ahead of Eid day, the insect and rodent control unit will hold spraying at mosques and other places where Eid al-Adha prayers are carried. Spraying will be also carried at markets by using vehicles and spraying machines.