New law in Qatar: Naming and shaming non complying restaurants


Qatar is to name and shame restaurants and shops that do not comply with food and health rules and regulations.

According to “well-informed sources”, the Ministry of Municipalities and Urban Planning will post the names of the violating facilities on its website.

The shaming option is reportedly included in amendments to the 1990 food safety law that have been endorsed by the government, but that are currently awaiting the approval of the Shura Council, Qatari daily Al Arab reported on Thursday.

The Shura last month reviewed the draft law and referred it to the service and public facilities committee for further studies and recommendations.

The new law allows the naming and shaming of facilities that do not comply with the strict rules and regulations as part of tough legal measures.
The sources that were not identified said that the move aims to force the increasing number of food outlets and facilities in the country to comply with the law, particularly as the number of violations has been alarmingly increasing, the daily said.

Calls for naming and shaming violators have often been issued in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states as a way to fight abuses of the law. However, the authorities have often opted to deal discreetly with the matter.