Saudi Arabia’s authorities recently closed an eatery in the city of Jeddah after discovering it had been preparing samosas and other snacks in toilets for more than 30 years. Citing local media, Gulf News reported that the city of Jeddah raided the restaurant in a residential building after receiving a tip about the horrendous food scene followed by the eatery for nearly three decades.
According to the report, the restaurant prepared snacks and also meals in restrooms. In addition, officials of the Jeddah Municipality discovered that the eatery was using expired food items such as meat and cheese, some of which were two years old. Insects and rodents were also spotted at the site.
The workers at the 30-year-old restaurant did not have a health card and are clearly violating the residency law, officials noted. The eatery is now closed.
Meanwhile, it is not the first time that a restaurant in Saudi Arabia has been closed due to unsanitary conditions. According to Gulf NewsIn January, a famous Shawarma restaurant in Jeddah was also closed after a rat was spotted wandering and feasting on meat on a skewer.
Several outraged social media users had reacted to the shocking video showing the rodent on the shawarma skewer at the famous eatery. They even demanded that the authorities immediately take strict action against the restaurant, after which the eatery was sealed.
At the time, Saudi officials had said it had conducted 2,833 inspection trips, according to the report. The municipality says the inspection campaigns have led to the identification of 43 violations and the closure of 26 facilities.
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