Kuwait: Cheap food prepared in unsanitary manner being sold on streets

Kuwait City: A building in Kuwait’s Salmiya City is on the verge of collapse, yet it is being used as a place to prepare food which is then being sold on the streets, Al Qabas reported.

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According to the report, migrant workers have transformed the backyard of the property into a kitchen where they prepare food such as beans, lupine and other grains that are usually sold on roundabouts and inside residential areas.

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Based on the report, the food is being prepared in an unsanitary manner, let alone adhering to COVID-19 regulations.

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One section of the property is reserved for storing and salting grains that take time to prepare before they are ready to be sold. Next to the barrels are rodents and insects, which pose a serious threat to the health of consumers, Al Qabas said.

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Makeshift restaurants and markets

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There are many illegal food processing headquarters and makeshift markets across Kuwait. Many people, without obtaining a license, set up food businesses from their homes or makeshift kitchens and then proceed to sell the products on the street, via social media or by word of mouth.

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As for illegal markets, they have been around for years, especially in areas that are predominantly populated by labourers.

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A few weeks ago, The Joint Committee at the Public Authority for Manpower in Kuwait found that 75 expats in Jleeb Al Shuyoukh violated the law by setting up makeshift and illegal markets, restaurants and bakeries on the streets and in residential buildings.

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According to Al Seyassah, many expats prefer buying their groceries, even clothes, from the makeshift markets as they tend to cost almost half of the original price in supermarkets and shops.

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These makeshift markets are most common in areas like Jleeb Al Shuyoukh, Khitan and Farwaniya.

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