Vimto seizure triggers UAE ministerial alert

Ministry of Economy asks public to report cases of contaminated drinks

UAE authorities have taken urgent measures to protect consumers following the seizure of hundreds of contaminated vimto drinks in two emirates.

The Ministry of Economy said it had contacted the Dubai-based manufacturing company and asked authorities in each emirate to intensify inspection of shops to ensure no contaminated Vimto drinks remain in the market. The Ministry said it had received information that hundreds of Vimto drinks had been seized in Ajman and Fujairah.

“We have taken urgent measures and this is normal in such conditions…we have contacted all competent authorities in the emirates to check their vimto stuff and ensure they do not pose health hazards to the public,” said Hashim Al Nuaimi, head of the consumer protection section at the Ministry.

“The confiscation of those bottles were in two emirates but it is important that other emirates take measures to ensure public safety, which is a priority for us,” he told the semi official daily Alittihad.

Nuaimi called on consumer to report any contaminated drink case on the free number 600522225, adding that the Ministry would deal with any report with “seriousness and transparency.”

Hundreds of vimto bottles containing bacteria and gel substances have been seized in Ajman and Fujeirah over the past week. Ajman authorities said they had contacted Dubai’s municipality to act against Aujan company which produced those products.

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