The Municipality's emergency team conducted on Thursday a broad inspection campaign in the areas of Al-Rai and Al-Shuwaikh, which focused on sheep pens and food storages.
The operation was carried out as a preparatory measure before Eid Al-Adha, where a ton of rancid food was found, a statement by the Municipality noted.
Moreover, the search operation also targeted restaurants, shops and storages in efforts to ensure that food served to patrons meets hygiene standards, said Municipal official Ammar Al-Ammar.
Meanwhile, the Environment Public Authority (EPA) has recorded four infractions for several food stores and slaughterhouses that have been operating sans commercial permits, in an impromptu search operation conducted in conjunction with the Municipality.
n a press statement, EPA official Dr. Mishal Al-Ibrahim said that the violations have been noted in Al-Rai area, as these places have been found to not meet health and environmental standards.
Furthermore, speaking on lax regulations in such areas, Al-Ibrahim underscored the need of further stringent inspection, adding that the operation comes in compliance with the country's new environmental protection law. Head of EPA's public relations department Dr. Khaled Al-Enezi noted that some sheep enclosures in Al-Rai area were found to be unfit to shelter the animals, adding that EPA is hard at work to remedy this issue.
He also added that search operations will encompass all of the country's areas and islands to ensure maximal environmental conservation.