With reporting from Nada Badawi
A small bakery in Al Wakrah has become the first eatery named by Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning for violating the new food law.
Al Manamah bakery was closed yesterday for three weeks after expired food was found in its shop, the MMUP said in a statement in Arabic on its website.
The legislation includes possible fines and jail terms for offenses such as selling expired or rotten food, but neither of these punishments appear to have been applied in this instance.
The inspection of the bakery took place on April 15, and after a report was filed, Manamah was closed yesterday, according to the MMUP’s Twitter account.
بلدية الوكرة تغلق منشأة غذائية لمخالفتها قانون مراقبة الأغذية
للمزيد من التفاصيل يرجى زيارة الموقع الإلكتروني للوزارة http://t.co/Db295NS47K
— وزارة البلدية | Ministry Of Municipality (@albaladiya) April 28, 2014
(Translation: Al Wakrah Municipality shut a food facility for violating the food law – for more details, please visit the ministry’s website).
The government had previously announced that it would begin naming and shaming offending restaurants starting on Friday, April 25. So far, the announcement has only been posted in Arabic, and it is not immediately clear if the information will be translated into English.