The news about the British chocolate maker Mars withdrawing their products in fear of contamination has created a panic situation in UAE markets. It was reported that the Mars chocolates are contaminated with Salmonella, which is harmful for health. Following the confusions in among the residents the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) issued a clarification saying that UAE chocolates are free of Salmonella.
Majd Mohamed Al Herbawi, Director of Food Safety Department at MOCCAE, said the ministry got clearance from the Mars UAE office that the chocolates in UAE markets are not imported from UK or Ireland, the nations which Salmonella presence was confirmed. He also said that the food products available in UAE are safe. He assured the residents that every product in the food market comes after the monitoring of the ministry and it subsidiary authorities.
Ministry said in a statement that all imported and traded products undergo a strict control system in accordance with the best international practices. They even conduct lab test based on the nature of the food product.