Huge haul of illegal item found in car after inspection campaign
100kg of 'harmful' betel leaves seized after swoop in Fujairah
One hundred kilograms of banned betel leaves have been seized after a crackdown in Fujairah.
The illegal haul - widely known as paan - was discovered in a distribution vehicle during an inspection campaign targeting supermarkets and shops in the area.
The 'harmful' substance is chewed with tobacco, with the juices often spat out on the ground, proving a health hazard and a blight on the appearance of streets and pavements.
Chewing betel leaves is considered a tradition in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, where it is offered to guests after meals.
Salem Al Yahami, director-general of Dibba Municipality, says the illicit item "ruins" the public image of the emirate.
“Regular inspection campaigns are being carried out to eliminate the existence of such harmful banned substance in the market and fine those who who are selling it,” he said.
“Paan ruins the public image of the city as its easily stains on walls, pavements and buildings.
“It also causes environmental pollution health and health risks among its consumers.”
The municipality is urging the public to report any violations by calling them on 09 244 3399.