Dubai Municipality has organized recently a seminar for officials at various local and federal departments concerning food control activities in the country with the focus on food transmitted diseases.
The seminar was cognized in collaboration with WHO and UN Centre for Disease Control and several other food control centres in America.
Experts from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Water &Environment, DHA, Dubai Police, Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Center, Sharjah Municipality, Ajman Municipality and Fujaira Municipality participated in the program.
According to Khalid Sharif, director , food control department at Dubai Municipality, the workshop comes as a part of the efforts to strengthen mechanism to check food-borne diseases in the country as well as to develop a national level unified system to tackle the issue.
In the wake of emerging new kind of diseases and spotting of new microbes, the seminar seriously discussed about a global system to monitor food-borne diseases.
The seminar suggested that the UAE should take an active role in bringing the proposed system on motion by setting up a national referral laboratory which can be connected with near about 190 other laboratories from across 90 countries.
It is noted that the seminar comes in a time when Dubai Municipality is intensifying efforts to develop and upgrade its food control system in Dubai, in the wake of upcoming Expo 2020.
Khalid Sharif underlined the need of collaborated efforts between federal agencies and local departments to develop a unified guide in the GCC level that may describe the role of each sections to monitor and investigate food-borne diseases.
Khalid Sharif also indicated that the National food safety committee which is headquartered at Ministry of Environment & Water is giving the final touches to the national guide for investigating and controlling food-borne diseases.
Asiya Abdul Wahab, head of development& planning section at the food control department of Dubai Municipality said one of the main challenges the control agencies in UAE and in many global countries face is the insufficient system for notifying food-borne diseases.
The lack of actual fact and figures with regards to the cases also posing obstacles in developing apt strategies, she opined.
She said the seminar was a successful move that helped authorities share ideas and to diagnose the shortcomings of prevailing systems.
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