ISO holds annual meeting in Abu Dhabi

UAE – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is holding the largest international gathering for standards in its first in-person Annual Meeting in more than two years, centered around the theme “collaboration for good”. The world’s top leaders from standards, business, civil society, academia and media are attending the meeting in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), hosted by the…

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Abu Dhabi targets pest control as way of bolstering safety, quality of local produce

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has set out plans to bolster the quality and safety of local produce to support Abu Dhabi’s food security goals. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, in his role as Chairman of ADAFSA, outlined protocols aimed at improving the efficiency of…

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Dubai Municipality organizes scientific workshops to mark 2022 World Food Safety Day

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai Municipality has organized several scientific and awareness programmes to echo the importance of implementing food safety procedures throughout the month, in view of the World Food Safety Day on June 7. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said that the Municipality has been working on promoting Dubai as one of the world’s most…

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ADAFSA launches Abu Dhabi Agricultural Genome Programme to enhance genetic research

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) in cooperation with some national research centres in the UAE, has launched the Abu Dhabi Agricultural Genome Programme (ADAGP), in order to apply the best international practices in the field of agricultural genetic research. Considered the first of its kind in the region, the programme enhances Abu…

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Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority  confirms safety of Ferrero’s products in country

ABU DHABI – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority  (ADAFSA) has confirmed that  Abu Dhabi’s markets are completely free of chocolate products manufactured by Ferrero, suspected  of being linked to food poisoning in a number of European countries due to salmonella infections. According to ADAFSA, it jumped to action as soon as it received notification from the European…

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Dubai’s Food Safety Department’s digitized management system enhances food safety

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai Municipality’s Food Safety Department has revealed that its digital initiative, ‘My Food’, is ensuring the safety of 3 billion meals, 8 million tonnes of food annually consumed by residents and tourists. According to the department, more than 300,000 people within the city help transport, store, prepare, cook, serve and deliver food to the doorsteps of…

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UAE amends nutritional labelling requirements from mandatory to voluntary

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet has amended the requirement for nutritional labelling under the standard No. UAE.S 5034: 2018 (Nutritional labelling of pre-packed products as traffic light colors) from mandatory to voluntary, in line with the government’s focus on supporting the performance and competitiveness of the industrial sector and easing procedures. Under the standard, which…

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Dubai introduces “Dubai Star” to promote sustainable food safety solutions among restaurants

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Dubai Municipality has launched the star-rated system at the 15th Dubai International Food Safety Conference (DIFSC), saying it will assess and award restaurants based on how well they apply methods that promote the use of safe, healthy and high-quality food. Restaurants in the emirate will be reviewed and honored annually for their efforts towards implementing sustainable…

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Abu Dhabi Food Safety Authority kicks off final assessment of Food Safety Index

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has begun the final assessment of the Food Safety Index for The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), where various local and federal government agencies related to the Food Safety Index participate in the assessment. The index…

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New stringent food safety standards system on import goods in UAE to be launched over next two months

UAE – The corona pandemic has focalized the world’s attention on food supplies specifically in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which imports about 90 per cent of all its food. In the previous year the pandemic coerced the UAE to assess its food supply chain after the country experienced some initial disruption. The Minister of State for Food Security, Mariam…

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