Qatar’s favorite street food has come under the spotlight this week as health experts warn residents about the dangers of eating improperly prepared shawarma.
According to Al Raya, the Department of Health has warned residents about the potential ways the meat can be contaminated. They include dust and vehicular exhaust emissions, which could contain carbon monoxide or lead and trigger stomach and other problems.
However, proper cooking of shawarma meat on rotating spits kills bacteria and other contaminants, the report stated.
Responding to the newspaper’s story, the Municipality said it has prohibited shawarma stands from being set up outside restaurants, and also warned eateries not to keep their doors open continuously to prevent contamination from exhaust and weather elements.
Al Raya adds that officials will continue to monitor eateries for health violations.
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