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Food Safety approves the requests of "tourist establishments" and grants its members a 50% discount

Adel Al-Masry, head of the Chamber of Tourism Establishments and Restaurants, announced the approval of the Egyptian Food Safety Authority headed by Dr. Hussein Mansour, head of the authority, on the chamber’s request to reduce the value of the fees decided by the authority for inspection and the granting of licenses by it to tourist facilities and restaurants to trade food in accordance with the provisions of the law establishing the authority.


Al-Masry said - in a statement issued by the Chamber - that the consultations and discussions carried out by the Chamber with officials of the Egyptian Food Safety Authority, Dr. Hussein Mansour, Chairman of the Authority, and Dr. Ihab Murad, Acting Executive Director of the Authority, in order to provide the Authority with facilities and facilities for members of the Chamber, It resulted in the issuance of the Authority’s Board of Directors’ decision to grant the members of the Chamber’s General Assembly a 50% reduction in fees as an exception for a period of six months, starting from the first of this July until the end of 2021.


The head of the Chamber of Tourism Establishments and Restaurants indicated that Law No. 1 of 2017 granted the National Food Safety Authority the authority to control food circulation, and that in this context, the Authority’s Board of Directors issued its decision No. 12 of 2020 published in the Egyptian official website on November 22, 2020. And the redress published in the Egyptian Gazette on December 17, 2020 regarding the system for obtaining tourist and hotel establishments to obtain a food handling license, which was issued in light of the implementation of Article No. 12 of the Executive Regulations of the Law of the National Food Safety Authority, issued by Prime Minister’s Resolution No. 412 of 2019, and its contents. Resolution No. 12 of 2020, in its first article (forbidding the circulation of food in tourism and hotel establishments unless after obtaining a license from the authority), and set technical, construction and engineering requirements and rules for granting these licenses.


Adel Al-Masry stressed that the National Food Safety Authority has also decided fees that may be difficult for the tourism sector at the present time to deal with and bear, given the negative repercussions the Egyptian tourism industry is going through from the results of the Corona virus, and the decline and decline in revenues in tourist facilities and restaurants, since the pandemic. In March 2020, the Chamber called on the Authority to submit an urgent memorandum to demand a reduction in these fees for members of the Chamber.


The Chairman of the Chamber of Tourism Establishments and Restaurants praised the cooperation, coordination and understanding between the Chamber and the Authority, noting that Dr. Hussein Mansour, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Authority, had previously responded to the Chamber’s demands to grant tourist facilities and restaurants a new period of six months ending on November 22, 2021, to receive the Authority’s requests To issue licenses for food trading, after it was set on May 22, 2021 as a deadline for receiving these requests, within the framework of the common goal of providing safe, safe and healthy food.


Adel Al-Masry, head of the Chamber of Tourism Establishments and Restaurants, called on members of the Chamber to invest this time, reduce the value of suffering fees, and speed up the procedures for applying for a license, after which it is necessary to start reconciling the situation and implementing modifications in the kitchens of establishments and restaurants, in addition to the prescribed fees and other procedures.