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Food safety cmte bans vegetables'' import from Germany, Spain

Jun 13, 2011

Mohammad Ghazai Al-Otaibi, head of the food safety committee at the Kuwait Municipality, said Sunday that the committee recommended banning import of fresh and frozen vegetables with from Germany and Spain due to being polluted with E.coli. He also said these vegetables, which are prohibited to be imported from Germany and Spain, include spinach, cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, and eggplant. Further, Al-Otaibi stressed, in a statement to KUNA, following a meeting held the by committee today, the necessity that all imported shipments of other vegetables be associated with health certificates stating that they are devoid of the same strain of bacteria.     

No polluted Japanese food imports in Kuwaiti market

Mar 31, 2011

There are no radiation-polluted Japanese food imports in the Kuwaiti market, and data also shows that the imports from Japan entered Kuwait before the nuclear crisis, said Board Chairman of the union of Kuwaiti foodstuff distributors and importers Abdullah Al-Beijan yesterday. The official said the union also has data showing there is only a small volume of such imports, meant largely for the Japanese community and hotels and restaurants. "The food safety committee (of Kuwait Municipality) did not notify the union of any polluted food item imported from Japan, and did not call for any precautionary measures leading to a request to halt imports.     

Kuwait fruit and vegetable prices up 9.8%

Nov 04, 2010

Kuwait's consumer price index, or CPI, rose 1.1% to 143.5 points in September from 141.9 points in the previous month mainly due to a jump in food prices, notably fruits and vegetables, Kuwait-based Al Watan daily reports Wednesday citing official data. The food group's prices climbed 2.6% in September compared with August, largely driven by a 9.8% surge in the prices of fruits and vegetables over the same period, Kuwait's Central Statistical Office's report said, according to the paper.     

Kuwait - Improving the poultry industry

Oct 04, 2010

A scientific researcher at KISR announced yesterday (22 September) that the increasing consumption of meat and poultry in the last period has led the Institute to start a project aiming to improve food safety and production in Kuwait. The researcher, Mohammed Balba told the Kuwait News Agency that KISR started the project to isolate strains of lactic acid bacteria to use as an alternative to antibiotics in poultry production. Dr Balba explained that these bacteria are highly effective for the production of commercial preparations as an alternative to antibiotics in poultry production.