CAIRO: The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade is monitoring markets across Egypt to ensure food safety during Eid al-Fitr, an important Muslim feast celebrating the end of fasting for the holy month of Ramadan, news websites reported Monday.
Director of the Cairo Supply Directorate Ibrahim Askalany told Youm7 Sunday that a central operation room will receive complaints and emergency calls from citizens during the three-day festival, which started Monday.
A number of operation rooms monitor markets in different governorates to check the expiration dates of food determine whether food is safe for consumption or not.
In Alexandria, there are campaigns organized to verify the seafood available in the markets is not spoiled, and to verify the availability of subsidized goods.
The under-secretary of the Ministry of Supply in Sohag governorate, Shams el-Din Yousef, told Youm7 that the ministry is intensifying its campaigns during Eid to seize spoiled and expired food still available for consumers at markets.
Veto Gate news website reported Sunday that inspection campaigns in Asyut governorate will operate during all of Eid to monitor the markets, bakeries and trading areas.
Campaigns have already seized various spoiled goods. In Matrouh, three shop owners were arrested for selling spoiled meat and food items which are not safe for consumption.
Furthermore, 700 kilos of spoiled frozen fish were confiscated Sunday at a store in Beni Suef, reported Youm7.
Reporting by Nada Saleem, Jacqueline Mounir, Amr Khalaf, Manal el-Eissawi, Hassan Mashaly, Hany Fath and Mohamed Kamal