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22 tons of rotten meat confiscated in Capital

22 tons of rotten meat confiscated in Capital
KUWAIT: As part of the ongoing campaign to ensure only sale of food stuff fit for human consumption, a team of inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry confiscated 22 tons of rotten meat at the capital governorate. The Undersecretary at the Ministry of Commerce, Abdulaziz Al-Khaldi, told reporters that the inspection department led by supervisor Faisal Al-Ansari was able to stop the distribution of this rotten meat after laboratory tests revealed that it was not suitable for consumption. He added that the ministry has taken necessary action against the company for violating the law and it was referred to the public prosecutor who will decide on a suitable punishment. The confiscated meat would be retained till a decision is made to destroy it. Al-Khaldi said the ministry will go ahead with monitoring the food companies and sending violators to concerned legal authorities. Penalties in such cases could reach up to ten years of imprisonment for those involved in implementing and selling meat unsuitable for human consumption. He emphasized the necessity to double the punishment, and also to introduce a provision to close the company besides imprisoning and deporting those involved. He sent a message to the dealers that the Ministry of Commerce will keep an eye on the goings on and will protect the health of citizens and expats. He said there were many checks, starting with the customs authority and including the Kuwait municipality, to ensure that any imported meat found rotten was not directly distributed.
Source: Kuwait Times
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