Dubai Municipality has had a rumour-busting 2017 so far
13 rumours dispelled since January, here are some of the weirder ones…
Let’s face it, as great as they can be, the internet and social media are awash with hearsay and half-truths.
Which is precisely why in June 2016 Dubai Municipality established the ‘No More Rumors’ initiative – a WhatsApp hotline that residents can reach out to in order to get clarification on any rumours they may have see circulating.
Well, it looks like the rumour mill has been working overtime as the government body took to social media to announce that it has already dispelled 13 rumors raised by residents since the beginning of 2017.
The idea is simple, residents can send images, videos and messages to the hotline about anything untoward they may have heard of through the grapevine. The municipality then promises to respond stating whether the rumour is true or not within an eight-hour timeframe.
We’ve singled out a few of the choice rumours as dispelled by Dubai Municipality. Some of which we didn’t even realise were ‘a thing’…
Rubber shoes lead to amputation
A mother launched a social media campaign to warn of the risks of buying “rubber shoes” for children, after her child had an accident that led to the amputation of his toes during the family’s stay in Dubai. Crocs Inc. is a global company, and there has been no news of the withdrawal of their products from the market worldwide. The incident was an accident. #Dubai #MyDubai #Dubaimunicipality #No_More_Rumors
A campaign circulating around social media in March warned of the dangers of buying rubber shoes for children. Started by a mother after her child had an accident that resulted in the amputation of his toes, residents reached out to the WhatsApp hotline for clarification on a rumour that the popular Crocs brand had been banned in Dubai.
Dubai Municipality quickly dispelled the rumour, stating that while the incident concerning the child was indeed an unfortunate accident, there was no official news of Crocs Inc. pulling any of their products from the market.
Deodorant sticks cause cancer
Public Health and Safety Department at Dubai Municipality responds to the recent rumor related to deodorants and anti per spirants causing breast cancer. It states that there are no reliable scientific studies confirming harmful results and risks from the use of Aluminum compounds in formulas. Mentioned causes are still unknown and under studies by international accredited concerned bodies. DM assures that the products are effectively controlled to ensure products safety and meet implemented standard and current regulations. #dubai #mydubai #dubaimunicipality #No_More_Rumors
In April, Dubai Municipality issued a statement to put to bed rumours that deodorant and anti perspirants contained carcinogens that could lead to breast cancer.
It stated that there is no reliable scientific evidence confirming the harmful risks of using these products and assured concerned residents that they are effectively controlled to ensure they meet regulations.
Tea bags contain pesticides
In response to what has been exchanged on social media channels relating to the use of Epichlorohydrin (a substance used in the pesticides industry) in tea bags, DM examined tea bags from different trademarks and confirms after lab tests that Epichlorohydrin is not present in tea bags. #No_More_Rumors
The last thing anyone wants in their tea is the nasty aftertaste of bug spray. But that’s exactly what residents took to the WhatsApp hotline to find out about when a rumour cropped up claiming that Epichlorohydrin (a chemical used in making pesticides) was reported to be contained in many popular brands of tea.
Dubai Municipality took this claim seriously and conducted a series of tests of various tea brands, ultimately concluding that the chemical was not present and that people could continue to drink their cuppa in relative safety.
Eating apricot seeds helps fight cancer
The Apricot seeds contain a natural substance called Amygdalin which is a subsidiary of “Gelokosid Cyanogen”. This substance is created in the seed of the Apricot and it decomposes by chewing it to liberate “Hydrogen Cyanide” which is considered a toxic substance that is disposed of through roasting. Some people break the seed of fresh Apricots and eat what’s inside it which we warn people to stop it so as not to increase consumers’ exposure to danger. Therefore, we recommend to avoid eating the fresh apricot seed and those who wish to take an advantage of the Apricot, can use roasting to remove them from the seed. #Dubaimunicipality #Dubai #MyDubai #No_More_Rumors
This one actually turned out to be the opposite, whereas the rumour purported that consuming apricot seeds could help fight certain forms of cancer, the truth was actually far more sinister.
It turns out that the seeds found within the hard stone of apricots actually contain a substance called Amygdalin which, when digested by the human body, releases Hydrogen Cyanide. Yep, that cyanide – the super toxic one that is potentially lethal to humans.
In a statement addressing the rumour, Dubai Municipality urged residents to not eat the seeds from fresh apricots and also added that when they are cooked they, thankfully, become safe to ingest.
This is just a taste of what Dubai Municipality has been dealing with, and we recommend you educated yourself on the rest of the falsehoods that have been dispelled since the beginning of the year by searching the hashtag #No_More_Rumors on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Have you heard a rumour that you’re seeking clarification on? The number to send a WhatsApp to is +971 50 107 779