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Video: Cheese & chips sold in UAE safe? Yes

Rumours on social media suggest certain food products sold in the UAE markets are harmful for human consumption.

A video that has gone viral shows a popular brand of cheese slice not melting, but burning like plastic when exposed to direct flame, while another claims Pringles cause cancer.

Dubai Municipality has responded to the video, and has denied claims that cheese available in markets here contains plastic, while Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has confirmed that no carcinogenic potato chips are found in the local market.


Authorities confirm social media rumours are unfounded and have urged public not to believe such information.

Khalid Sharif, Executive Director, Food Control Department, Dubai Municipality, confirmed to ‘Al Roeya’ daily that the video circulating on social media sites was posted in a South American country and not in Dubai.

Khalid Ali bin Zayed, Assistant Director-General,  International Affairs and Partnerships, Dubai Municipality, also confirmed that food available in Dubai markets are safe for consumption. All food stuff is subject to screening and medical analysis prior to be sold to public, he added.

Meanwhile, Sharif explained that cheese melts only when exposed to low heat. It does not melt when directly exposed to high heat. Exposing cheese to direct flame is not the right way of cooking, he added.

Sharif said that Dubai Municipality oversees about 15,000 food facilities and it conducts regular inspection checks in all establishments.

About 10 million tonnes of food was imported into the emirate last year, he said and added that DM is also particular about safety of storage places and manufacturing of food. Regular checks are conducted in groceries, restaurants and cafeterias to ensure public health.


About 10 million tonnes of food was imported into the emirate last year, he said and added that DM is also particular about safety of storage places and manufacturing of food. Regular checks are conducted in groceries, restaurants and cafeterias to ensure public health.

No carcinogenic chips sold in UAE: ADFCA

Meanwhile, ADFCA has said information spread on social media that Pringles cause cancer are just rumours, reported Arabic daily ‘Al Bayan’.

Mohammed Jalal Al-Raisi, Director, Communication and Community Service, ADFCA, urged public not to believe such news and said food products in the market are manufactured according to specifications and undergo regular laboratory tests and no unwanted elements have been detected in any potato chips being sold here.

He stressed ADFCA adheres to best practices in dealing with food import and that all products are subjected to strict measures of inspection before being circulated.

He also confirmed that all imported dairy products conform to the international standards and are subjected to inspections to ensure they are appropriate for human consumption.

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