A delegation comprising representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Global Food-borne Infections Network (GFN) and Dubai Municipality visited Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) to exchange ideas and knowledge on studying food-borne diseases, especially food poisoning.
Officials from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi also joined ADFCA officials in welcoming the delegation and engaging them in a fruitful discussion. A presentation was made through which the visiting delegation was briefed on the modalities followed in Abu Dhabi in association with the Health Authority to investigate food-borne diseases and to coordinate on disease control. ADFCA is currently working on an online link with the Health Authority to expedite and organize investigations into food poisoning. The delegation visited ADFCA's laboratories and discussed the various issues pertaining to the subject.
Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, said the Authority was in regular touch with local, federal, regional and international bodies to preempt and tackle cases of food poisoning and food-borne diseases. "Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure to arrive at accurate results when such cases are reported. Our membership in bodies such as International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) helps us receive alerts and information in real time. We are bound by various regional and international agreements pertaining to food safety and agriculture. The visit of the international delegation is the latest in a series of engagements we have on this count," he explained.