Recently published statistics suggest that the new scheme is having the desired effect of improving food hygiene standards.
In the first nine months of this year, 23,983 food outlets were inspected, of which 17,971 were routine visits. A total of 1,886 food outlets were reported to the municipality over the same period.
As a consequence of the new inspection system, 163 food outlets have been temporarily closed due to maintenance and hygiene issues. At the other exteme, 1,084 food outlets were awarded an excellent ‘A’ rating during the period.
This is the first time that more than 1,000 food outlets in Dubai have been awarded an excellent rating suggesting that the new system is contributing to improved food hygiene standards. A further 7,052 outlets secured a ‘B’ rating of very good, a significant improvement on last year’s total of 3,776 establishments.
A good ‘C’ rating was awarded to 9,162 outlets (9,164 in 2015) with 670 outlets receiving an acceptable ‘D’ or weak ‘E’ rating (676 in 2015).
Over 300 eateries scored a gold rating ‘going beyond the expectations of the excellent A grade rating’.
With the growing number of food establishments in Dubai receiving high food hygiene ratings the new inspection scheme seems to be having the desired impact.
Arpal Gulf will continue to work closley with our food service customers in rising to the food hygiene challenge.
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