Dubai Municipality has quashed the rumours of presence of alcoholic drinks in Milka Oreo Chocolate, calling it was “translation error.”
Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality confirmed in a tweet that the information that was circulated are rumors spread across social media accounts.
“The Municipality is urging the public not to be deceived by rumors launched by some online websites and social media accounts about the specifications and components of traded food,” it said
The Food Safety Department further stated that the product that is available in the local markets is non-alcoholic, but there was an error in translating the food label to the Arabic language so that the translation of the word “Chocolate liquor”, which means the “cocoa paste” was translated incorrectly to the word “alcoholic beverages.”
The civic body was requested to withdraw the product from all the shops that are selling this chocolate during two days to prevent confusion by consumers.
In July, Emirates 24l7 reported that the municipality, through its initiative to quash rumours ‘Al Khabar Al Yaqeen’, has responded to over 35 rumours that went around social networking sites, causing confusion among the members of the community since the start of the initiative launched in June 2015.
Khalid Ali bin Zayed, Assistant Director-General of Dubai Municipality for the Communication and Community Sector, had said the initiative achieved the expected results to halt the spread of rumours and false information on social networking sites.
“This service has contributed to the dissemination of information received by the municipality via several channels, particularly the WhatsApp, through the call centre,” he added.
Residents can call on 800900 to get information on rumours circulated on social media.
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