BY PMA RASHEED
The Gulf Today,
21 Jan 2010
The role of consumers is significant in creating a safe food culture, according to the chief of Dubai Municipality (DM).
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the DM, said the authorities' role in creating a safe food culture, can be effective only when people are educated about the foodstuff.
Speaking at the organising committee meeting of the fifth Dubai International Food Safety Conference (DIFSC), Lootah said that the consumers' role is very important as are the end-users. Consumer awareness will be highlighted at the conference.
The DIFSC 2010 will be held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from Feb.21 to 24, alongside the Gulfood Exhibition. The conference, participated by the world's best food safety experts, will discuss current food safety concerns.
'Food safety vital'
Khalid Mohamed Sharif, Director of Food Control Department at the DM and the chairman of DIFSC 2010 organising committee said that food safety is rated very high in Dubai Strategic Plan as it is directly related to the human health.
"The food safety concerns are being highlighted daily through different media sources around the world. The DIFSC 2010 will discuss the means of ensuring food safety in light of the new challenges which are facing the world today such as the financial crisis," he added.
"Many areas related to the food laws and guidelines as well as the food safety culture and the importance of food safety education will be addressed in the conference. The conference includes several workshops and symposia and technical sessions to provide professional development opportunities for the participants," he explained.
According to Sharif, the DIFSC workshops will address food-borne disease investigations techniques presented by experts from the WHO and the US Centre of Disease Control. Topics such as meat and poultry safety, water safety, dairy products safety and food safety system will also be focused.