The authorities have begun making extensive preparations for food monitoring during the fasting month of Ramadan, which begins by the middle of next month.
The Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning is closely coordinating with the various municipalities in the country and asking them to depute more inspectors this Ramadan for market watch.
All the municipalities are being asked to put extensive inspections plans in place for the holy month as well as for later months.
Municipal sources told local Arabic daily Al Arab in comments published yesterday that this time newer and more effective inspections plans were being readied.
This is because the population of the country has been rising and more food items come on the market during the holy month of Ramadan.
Restaurants, outlets selling foodstuff like dates and sweets, meat shops and catering facilities will be watched very strictly and they will be under constant scan of the civic authorities.
As day temperatures have been soaring and are expected to cross 40 degrees C and above by the time the fasting month begins, vehicles transporting food, more particularly delicate items like fish, will be strictly monitored.
These vehicles will be required to have necessary refrigeration facilities. “If such vehicles don’t have proper refrigeration systems food can go stale in a short while,” the daily said.
Vigil will be mounted right after early morning prayers on the central markets, including those for vegetables and fruits and for meat and livestock and wholesale grains and provisions as well as for fish.
The ministry will provide additional vetenarians to the municipalities that have slaughter houses so that vigil could be mounted on the abattoirs as well.
All restaurants will be checked by civic inspectors especially before the iftar time (when the fast is broken).
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