November 25, 2008, 11:45
Food safety conference in Dubai
Source of Article: http://www.xpress4me.com/news/uae/dubai/20010689.html
A three-day international conference, scheduled to be
held in Dubai
early next year, will discuss the significance of creating an international
framework to secure food safety.
Khalid Sharif Al Awadhi, Director of Food Control Department at Dubai
Municipality, which is organising the conference
during from February 24 to 26 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition
Centre, said the event assumes much significance at the time of heightened
food warnings and recalls worldwide, that raise new questions about the
quality and integrity of the existing system for assuring food safety.
"Food safety is receiving increased attention worldwide as the important
links between food and health are increasingly recognised. In the past few months we have seen a
plethora of food warnings and recalls worldwide, raising new questions about
food safety. Urgent action is required to create an international framework
to secure food safety in times of globalization, when accidents in one
country can have a major impact on many other countries," said Al
He noted that the 4th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, supported
by the Ministry of Environment and Water in UAE, Abu Dhabi Food Control
Authority and the International Association for Food Protection, aims to
update participants on scientific advances and recent developments in food
The conference, to be held alongside Gulfood
Exhibition, features five plenary sessions on the main theme of the
conference “Food Safety in Light of Food Security”, eight symposia on
different topics, poster sessions and technical sessions. Three
pre-conference workshops will complement the main conference, making this one
of the most comprehensive meetings on food safety in the region, he said.
Various programs during the conference will discuss recent food safety issues
and the benefits and effectiveness of new standards, and methods that many
countries have established for enhancing and regulating food safety. Symposia
topics include Food Safety Updates, Advancements in Food Testing, Food Safety
Education, Pesticides Management in Foods and Best Practices. Renowned scientists
from international agencies, governments, health and research institutions,
as well as the industry will share their perspectives; discuss best practices
and harnessing of new technologies for sustainable actions to secure safer
and better food supply.
A dedicated website, www.foodsafetydubai.com, has been launched to provide
more information about the event.