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Baladiya orders tainted Saudi chicken off grocery store shelves in Doha

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watania chickenSupermarkets in Qatar have been ordered to withdraw all fresh Al Watania chicken after some of the poultry was found to contain salmonella.

Speaking to local newspapers, Hamad al-Malki, chief of food inspection for the Doha Municipality, said 8,000 units of the chicken, which is from Saudi Arabia, have already been withdrawn from grocery stores and hypermarkets after being declared unfit for human consumption.

When asked for comment, several grocery stores confirmed to Doha News that they were no longer carrying Al Watania chicken, including Lulu Hypermarket on D Ring and in Al Gharafa, Family Food Center on Nasser Street and Carrefour at Landmark mall. A representative there said that they were waiting further instructions from the municipality on whether to restock Saudi chicken.

Gulf Times quotes al-Malki as saying the seized chicken includes breasts and legs, but that Al Watania’s frozen chicken and eggs are safe. The report continues:

“According to al-Maliki, the matter came to light when the food inspection section received a complaint from a consumer who suspected that the chicken was unhealthy. Officials promptly collected samples from a mall and confirmed the salmonella contamination.”

Food that contains Salmonella bacteria can cause people to develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The food poisoning can last from four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. But in some cases, patients require hospitalization.

It is not clear whether residents who have recently purchased Al Watania poultry should consume it. Doha News has asked the Baladiya for comment and we’ll update when we know more.

UPDATE | 12:53pm

The government has responded, saying:

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greg
greg
7 years ago

well, please check the meat at Almeera close to university petrol station. At least five times we bought meet, chicken or lamp and it smelled like death….

sadam
sadam
7 years ago
Reply to  greg

have you bought live chickens and lamb greg?

greg
greg
7 years ago
Reply to  sadam

have you seen any live chicken and lamb in any supermarket? Now, if you mean fresh, yes,it was fresh and not frozen

greg
greg
7 years ago
Reply to  sadam

When you go to the super market, do you dig for potatoes?

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
7 years ago
Reply to  greg

Greg whenever you face a problem like this, call Baladiya directly and they will go undercover The Baladiya helpline number is +974-44266666

greg
greg
7 years ago
Reply to  fullmoon07

ok, thank you

Indian
Indian
7 years ago

At last people in Government organizations woke up… Way to go Qatar.

sadam
sadam
7 years ago
Reply to  Indian

Hey Indian the people from Baladiya are hard workers and I think They’ve been doin a hell of a good job.
I’ve been here for 17 years.

Indian
Indian
7 years ago
Reply to  sadam

No Offence sadam . Just happy about things started happening…

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago

Glad to see the authorities being proactive and informative on this. I hope it is a signal of how things will work in the future.

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