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Qatar ministry shuts seven eateries in a week for food violations

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Travancore Restaurant
Travancore Restaurant

Inspectors have closed seven eateries so far this month for flouting Qatar’s food law, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has announced.

Some were partially closed, while others were ordered fully shut for several days.

Included in the list of more prominent establishments were:

  • The Amari Doha Hotel in Musheireb, whose staff cafeteria and pastry freezer were closed for 15 days for trading food that is unfit for consumption because it was expired;
  • The Plaza Inn Hotel in Old Salata, whose kitchen was closed for 10 days for expired food; and
  • The Adagio Premium Hotel in Onaiza, whose pantry and kitchen were closed for 15 days for expired food.

Incentives

Authorities appear to have picked up the pace with closures this month. In July, only three restaurants were named and shamed on the Baladiya’s website.

According to Al Sharq, inspectors now have an additional incentive to write up erring outlets.

They will get 5 percent of total fines collected from companies for MME-related offenses, though the reward cannot exceed QR100,000/person.

The other closures this month included Travancore in Barwa Village, which was ordered closed for 10 days for selling food unfit for human consumptionNizam Restaurant in Al Salata for 30 days for expired food and unhygienic conditions; and Sakriyat Facilities in Rawdat Al Khail for 15 days for expired food.

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