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Dubai’s ‘ban’ on alcohol in food proves to be a mere trifle
Municipality makes apparent U-turn on 'coq au vin' ban after uproar from angry chefs, restaurant owners and residents.
March 22, 2010 6:02 by Ben Flanagan
Dubai does not intend to ban coq au vin, prawns flambe and trifle – despite saying previously that the “use of alcohol in preparation and cooking of food is strictly prohibited”
Dubai residents, chefs, and restaurant owners were in uproar earlier this week, after the Dubai Municipality appeared to ban the use of alcohol in cooking.
But the municipality said today that there was no ban, attributing the confusion to a “misunderstanding” over a circular sent out to restaurant owners, according to officials quoted by The National.
However, the circular sent out to restaurant owners seemed pretty clear on the matter: “Use of alcohol in preparation and cooking of food is strictly prohibited. Display and sale of food products containing alcohol as an ingredient is strictly prohibited.”
Either way, the municipality says that no outright ban on alcohol in food will be implemented. Instead, the authorities will encourage the “segregation of non-halal products like pork and alcohol”.