Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) organized a training workshop sharing its experience to all UAE municipalities on Food Traceability system and Recall procedures , the work shop has been attended by HE Dr. Mariam Harib, Executive Director, Policy and Regulation sector, ADFCA and HE Mouza Al Muhairi, executive Director , Food safety sector and the representative of Ministry of environment and water and official inspectors and representative from UAE municipalities and Food control authorities including (ADFCA) ,Dubai Municipality ,Sharjah Municipality, Ajman Municipality, Fujairah Municipality and Ras Al khaima Municipality
Dr. Mariam Harib was speaking at a training workshop held at the Authority's main building on "Food Traceability system and Recall procedures and mechanisms of Implementation."
The work shop has been Organized in the framework of fruitful mutual cooperation and joint work between government entities and aimed at actualizing the recommendations of the National Food Safety Committee for training workshops on " Traceability system and Recall procedures and mechanisms of Implementation" of food distributed in the country and for benefiting from ADFCA's experience in this regard, the workshop, the event discussed a range of issues with respect to the subject.
Dr. Mariam Harib pointed out that the workshop aimed to highlight the joint efforts of ADFCA and its strategic partners in the government sector with regard to regulating activities in the food sector through relevant policies and legislations, organizing meetings and training sessions capable of building an excellent cadre of food control professionals who are competent in theory and practice and eventually achieving the objectives of the leadership for protecting the people against food risks and guaranteeing the safety of food.
The workshop focused special attention on explaining the rules enshrined in the Ministerial Decree No. 163 of 2012 on traceability and recall of food and feed. The presentation on the subject drew upon the relevant Regulations Practice Guide that ADFCA had issued with a view to ensure parity with international standards and best practices. The implementation of traceability and recall at food establishments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi began since the issuing the Regulation No. 3 of 2008. Among the main requirements of these legislations was making it mandatory on food establishments to trace the foods supplied by them to others and to confirm the places of their distribution. This was to be done through accurate labeling of food products in the market for easier trace and recall in case these foods were confirmed contaminated and can cause harm to human health
The workshop has been conducted using on the best training methods including a number of practical exercises and case study comprising the mechanisms for information dissemination and notification and the use of various models for this purpose. The participants were given actual recent case study of international food recall of contaminated food products being traced and recalled to ensure uniform implementation of food traceability and recall procedures across the country in line with international best practices.
At the end the participants were impressed with the training workshop level and the success that has been achieved