1- Consumers rely on us to ensure there is safe food wherever they go within AD.
2- Provide consumers with sufficient information (including recall & labeling info) on food intended for human consumption to empower them for better informed choice.
3- Participate in assuring the accessibility of consumer to sufficient food for consumer and affordable prices
4- Make consumers aware of food safety risks & practices
5- Partnership with private sector to acknowledge their responsibility in insuring safe food.
6- Ensure sufficient food during a food shortage crisis
The Food Control Authority was established in 2005 and has been dedicated to protecting consumers in the area of food safety, hygiene and quality. In 2007 the Agriculture sector from the Abu Dhabi Municipality was merged with the Food Control Authority to form an entity called ADAFSA. This enabled a broader mandate to cover the entire food chain (from farm to fork) and protect the natural resources of the Emirate and a considerable challenge to integrate the organisations together. Food safety enforcement is challenging as there are no consistent standards across the Emirates and a limited federal policy, legislation, and enforcement framework on food safety, which leads to a considerable issues when to control the quality of food entering Abu Dhabi from other Emirates.
The Policy Agenda 2030 identified Food Security as a WoG Outcome that will be championed by ADAFSA, bringing new responsibilities for the entity. The Food Security strategy is currently being formalized and once completed the path forward for the Emirate and the entity will be fully clarified.
This priority was derived from the government outcomes championed by ADAFSA: "Assuring food safety" and "A secure food supply for the Emirate"