Dubai International Food Safety Conference celebrates 10th anniversary

DUBAI, 7th October, 2015 (WAM) — The 10th Dubai International Food Safety Conference will kick off later this month, commemorating its leading position as the second largest international food safety conference in terms of attendance, diversity of topics and different participating nationalities. The event has evolved from a small-scale forum attended by around 200 professionals in 2006 to an international annual event which attracts more than 2,500 food safety specialists from all over the world.

The conference, running this year on 27th -28th October, has had a remarkable impact on the local, regional and international food safety industry, with participation of top-notch intellectuals and experts to discuss best practical and scientific solutions.

Khalid Mohammed Sharif Al Awadhi, Executive Director of Food Control Department at Dubai Municipality and President of the conference organising committee, said that this year’s event comes with the restructuring of the Food Control Department under its new name of Food Safety Department, marking a radical change in the current food safety system in Dubai. Specialised sections in the fields of applied nutrition and food security have been added to the event to address these subjects and leverage international experiences in such areas.

A key feature of the event will include conducting the first seminar on camel milk in the region, presented by experts and professionals in the field. The seminar reaffirms Dubai’s role in showcasing local products, especially as the UAE, represented by Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and products in Dubai, is recognised as the first country to export camel products to the European Union and camel milk chocolate to various countries around the world.

On a par with the strategic partnership agreement between local control authorities, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the Food Control Departments of Sharjah Municipality and Ajman Municipality will be demonstrating their individual expertise in food safety during the event as part of their efforts to enhance the sharing of ideas and concepts and increasing harmony between local, regional and international experiences.

For the third year in the row, the event will include the Arabic Symposium which aims at addressing food safety best practices and concepts in Arabic. The symposium will comprise two seminars, the first will tackle various technical topics while the second will focus on the relationship between nutrition and food safety in terms of concept, habits, challenges, health impacts and diseases. This comes in line with the UAE National Agenda outputs which mainly focus on malnutrition-related illnesses. The symposium will shed light on how to deal with consumer misconceptions in nutrition and food safety.

Amina Ahmed Mohammed, Vice President of the conference organising committee and head of the conference scientific committee, explained that 12 workshops will be held pre- and post- event. One of the workshops will talk about TACCP, a new food safety management concept to deal with the threats to food establishments regarding intended contamination of food. Another workshop will tackle the subject of commercial fraud in the food industry, while another workshop will discuss the chemical risks of food.

Dubai Municipality will showcase a set of worksheets pertaining to various food safety segments. A group of industry specialists from the Food Safety Department, Accreditation Department, Dubai Central Laboratory and Public Health Service Department will be presenting the worksheets.