x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Customs seize and destroy inedible meat

Meat arriving from an African country had a 'pervasive smell', officers say.

DUBAI // Dubai Customs and the municipality have confiscated and destroyed a tonne of spoilt goat meat.

The shipment, which came from an African country, was found unsuitable for human consumption when tested last week.

"Customs inspectors at Dubai International Airport Free Zone Inspection Centre, whilst checking a shipment of meat, suspected its suitability because of a pervasive smell," said Omar Al Mehairi, the senior manager of air cargo operations at Dubai Customs.

"The shipment was referred to the Food Control Office … and upon testing a sample of the shipment, which weighed 1,000kg containing 147 carcasses of goat meat, it was reported to be fully spoilt and unsuitable for human consumption."

The shipment was then destroyed.

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