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Bon Tum Mayo and Non-Halal Mars Products Pulled from Shelves Amid Safety Concerns

ADAFSA regulations are continuously reviewed and updated to stay abreast of latest developments in food safety practices

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on May 16, 2024, 13:56:34


food, saudi arabia, food safety, adafsa, dubai

In light of a recent contaminated product incident at Hamburgini restaurant in Riyadh, where one person died and 75 were hospitalised due to food poisoning, Bon Tum mayonnaise has been implicated.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority's laboratory analysis revealed the presence of Clostridium Botulinum bacteria, the cause of botulism, in a sample of Bon Tum mayonnaise served at the restaurant.

Authorities in Abu Dhabi confirmed on Tuesday that the emirate is free of Bon Tum mayonnaise and have ensured that it does not enter outlets in the city.

The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) also stated that they are monitoring ports to prevent the entry of Bon Tum products unless they meet safety standards and specifications.

Regarding non-halal Mars products, authorities confirmed on the same day that "no non-halal chocolate Mars bars are sold in Abu Dhabi and Dubai markets."

Dubai Municipality clarified in a social media post that all Mars company products available in the markets adhere to technical regulations and approved legislation for halal products.

Thorough supervision is conducted across the supply chain to ensure compliance with specific standards for all food items.

In a recent social media announcement, ADAFSA reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring the safety of all food products in circulation within the emirate.

Emphasizing its stringent controls throughout the supply chain, ADAFSA aims to provide residents with peace of mind regarding the safety and quality of their food.

ADAFSA's assurance is grounded in a comprehensive framework of technical regulations, systems and legislation that adhere to scientific principles and international standards.

These regulations are continuously reviewed and updated to stay abreast of the latest developments in food safety practices.

ADAFSA's proactive approach underscores its dedication to safeguarding public health and well-being by maintaining rigorous oversight of food production, distribution, and handling processes.

This effort aligns with broader initiatives aimed at enhancing food safety and security across the UAE.

As a key regulatory body, ADAFSA plays a pivotal role in upholding the highest standards of food safety, thereby contributing to the overall health and welfare of the community.

Consumers can have confidence in the safety and quality of food products available in Abu Dhabi markets, given ADAFSA's reassurance and proactive measures.

The authority's commitment to continuous improvement and adherence to international best practices underscores its role as a trusted guardian of public health in the emirate.


The recent concerns regarding product availability in the UAE shed light on the multifaceted factors that influence the products available for purchase in the region.

From legal regulations to cultural sensitivities and consumer preferences, companies operating in the UAE must navigate a complex landscape to ensure compliance, transparency, and consumer trust.

By understanding and addressing these factors, companies can navigate the intricacies of product availability in the UAE and foster positive relationships with consumers in the region.

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