The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has launched, on Sunday, a large scale campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of storing foodstuffs safely. It came within its efforts to raise food safety standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to ensure the safety of food throughout the food chain. The campaign also aimed to educate food traders on the best practices to be followed while storing food in the outlets and stores.
In this regard, Thamer Rashid Al Qasemi, ADFCA's Spokesperson, said that the authority seeks to raise the community's awareness about the importance of proper storage of food to ensure its safety, as well as preventing it from contamination with chemicals and microbes. He urged the consumers to follow proper practices and methods while storing food, to ensure its safety. The spokesperson pointed out that the campaign, which is targeting all segments of society, will continue to about two weeks, adding that it focuses on food outlets and stores in Abu Dhabi.
"During the campaign, the authority will distribute many awareness leaflets explaining the best practices for storing food and the impacts of poor storage on the quality and safety of food. Moreover, the awareness campaign exists in ADFCA's pavilion at Abu Dhabi Science Festival, the sales outlets and the customer service centers of the authority. Besides, the authority posts daily awareness messages on its official pages on social media," Al Qasemi stated.
Al Qasemi further stressed that the campaign aims to limit the rates of food being wasted because the way of its storing. "The poor way of storing leads to an increase in food being wasted, which leaves negative effects on the environment and the UAE's economy," he said.
"According to the UAE Food Bank, the annual cost of food being wasted in the UAE reaches to AED 130 billion. The amount of food being wasted in the country drives the authority to redouble its awareness efforts to change the behavior of individuals and institutions, to reduce those rates. Large proportion of that food is often being wasted during the validity date fixed on the food label, as a result of wrong storage," ADFCA's Spokesperson added.
He indicated that the campaign's messages help all segments of the community, including consumers, employees of food, animal and agricultural facilities, and workers in outlets throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to be aware of the best practices while storing food. He urged them to avoid wasting food and to check the quality of food continuously, particularly foodstuffs being stored for long periods.
ADFCA is keen on raising the awareness of the community's institutions and individuals about the best food practices, strengthening food safety system in the country, and ensuring consumer safety through organising awareness activities throughout the year.