ADFCA's New Policy Document for Agriculture and Food Safety under Preparation
The new policy document for the agriculture and food safety sectors at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) will provide a comprehensive and integrated legal framework for the two inter-related fields in a way that complements the future vision of the Government of Abu Dhabi and the policy directions of the federal government of the UAE.
The policy document, currently being prepared in consultation with all the stake holders, is based on international best practices and is in tune with the local conditions on the ground. During the first meeting held to discuss the document with internal stake holders in the presence of executive directors and other senior officials, His Excellency Rashid Al Shariqi, Director General of ADFCA, stressed the need to lay down policies in line with the federal guidelines and public policy of the UAE.
Dr. Mariam Harib Al Yousuf, Executive Director, Policy and Regulation, said the policy document would cover the entire food chain, including imported food and is based on solid foundations of risk analysis. "It will contain clear guidelines for risk management, plant, animal and human health and the discharge of all the responsibilities assigned to ADFCA," she added.
"It will seek to guarantee food safety and food supply for the consumers, in addition to the growth of agriculture in a sustainable environment. The ultimate objective is to contribute to the well being and social and economic prosperity of the people in the emirate. The document is in conformity with all the international treaties the UAE is committed to and was prepared under the guidance of experts in the field," Dr. Al Yousuf pointed out. The second meeting of internal stake holders will take place on Thursday, June 2.