|18 July, 2019

Dubai Municipality bans use of flowers in preparing food, drinks

Circular was issued to all food establishments.

A worker sorts rose petals at a factory that makes flower pastries, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China May 7, 2018. Pastries made from edible rose are popular in the Chinese southwestern province of Yunnan, where flower plantations are plenty. The factory processes some 30 tonnes of edible roses per year, a manager working there said. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A worker sorts rose petals at a factory that makes flower pastries, in Kunming, Yunnan province, China May 7, 2018. Pastries made from edible rose are popular in the Chinese southwestern province of Yunnan, where flower plantations are plenty. The factory processes some 30 tonnes of edible roses per year, a manager working there said. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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UAE - The use of all kinds of roses and other flowers in preparing foods and beverages has been banned in Dubai as of July 14.

According to a circular issued by Dubai Municipality (DM), following a decision issued by the Food Safety National Committee, a notice has been issued to all food establishments advising them to stop using flower petals in their dining preparations.

Effective July 14, DM has banned the use of 'all kinds of natural roses and flowers in the [preparation of] food and beverages which are offered to the public, whether by adding to the food or for any decorative reasons'.

The circular said, "This measure has been adopted to ensure food safety and quality." The circular added that legal action will be taken against violating establishments.

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