43% of restaurant, bakery workers medically unfit

Updated 20 September 2015
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43% of restaurant, bakery workers medically unfit

DAMMAM: Close to half of the workers employed in restaurants, bakeries and salons were found to be suffering from some illness or the other last year.
According to information provided by the Municipal and Rural Affairs Ministry, appropriate action was taken against 43.7 percent of the workforce and the establishments they were working for as they were medically unfit, local media reported Saturday.
The ministry registered eight types of violations by shops handling food and fines slapped on them ranged between SR200 and SR10,000 in 2014.
There were 9,647 health violations, which shows the level of risk to consumers. Jazan got the highest violation tickets at 15.1 percent, followed by Riyadh at 12.4 percent and Qassim at 9.7 percent.
Violations included serving day-old food items, hurriedly or half-cooked food kept in the fridge, dirty utensils, use of meat choppers to cut vegetables, not wearing proper uniform, not hiding hair while preparing food, long nails and sick workers.
A ministry source was quoted as saying that the government's intention is not to issue violation tickets, but to deter establishments and workers from indulging in wrongful practices.
The source said the fines may be accompanied with a temporary or permanent closure of the shop, and cancelation of licenses.
He said restaurants should not employ workers until they get a health fitness certificate. “However, regular medical tests of employees are necessary because an illness can strike anytime. Barbers are also regularly tested as they deal with blunt instruments and could be infected through blood.”
Mohammad Al-Tieri, the head of Haj, Housing and Services Committee, was quoted as saying that the committee is currently studying the list of the Food Law, especially issues related to inspection and monitoring of commercial establishments, and ensure quality and health safety.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.