Chocolate needles sale sparks health warning

Needles used to pack chocolate same as needles manufactured for medical purposes: Municipality

Over the last days a somewhat odd promotional message has been going around through social media sites and smartphones, displaying chocolate packed in needles.

Although Nutella seems to be the brand that has come up with the promotion, the company did let it be known that it is not associated with the products whatsoever, and the products are fake.

In the context of the promotional offer the Food Control Section of Dubai Municipality sent out a press release on Monday, warning of the product.

Khalid Sherif, Director of Food Control Department announced that this product is unlicensed, and that the needles used to pack the chocolate are the same as the needles manufactured for medical purposes, hence people should not use it in any case.

“The Ministry of Health confirmed that the medical needles are not clean or sanitised and might be used in hospitals to take blood or inject medicine. Therefore, we strongly advise the public to purchase food products from authorised establishments only as they get approval for all food items, apart from to the periodical check up by the civic body,” Khalid said.

“There is apparently somebody promoting these products. When you call him, he tells you that it requires payment online. We have received the promotional message, but we have not received any complaints from people who purchased the product,” said Bobby Krishna, Senior Food Inspector.
 

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