The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) continues its efforts in inspecting all food shipments imported to the emirate's ports as well as the transit shipments, by performing the necessary physical, sensory and laboratory tests to ensure the shipments' safety and compliance with the approved standards. This comes in line with ADAFSA's keenness on maintaining food import flow to Abu Dhabi's markets, and to ensure smooth flow of imported foodstuffs across the emirate's sea, air and land ports under the current circumstances.
In March and April 2020, ADAFSA inspected 10,486 food shipments received at Abu Dhabi's boarders, involving over 262,000 tons of various foodstuffs. ADAFSA's teams, consisting of 59 inspectors, are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to accomplish food shipments crossing procedures, which include inspecting, testing, compliance verification and facilitating the transit of these shipments. This aims at maintaining food supply stability, enhancing the food security system, and achieving the highest food safety levels in Abu Dhabi, thus ensuring the safety and well-being of the public.
In addition to ensuring compliance of imported foods with standards, regulations and laws issued by the competent authorities, ADAFSA is working on implementing the best food safety practices by using the newest techniques and following-up the world's relevant developments. To ensure the health and safety of imported foods, and to prevent the entry of prohibited foodstuffs, or that endangering consumer's health and safety or may endanger public health, ADAFSA also applies the risk-based approach for the control of imported foods across the emirate's borders.
ADAFSA's inspection teams verify the official documents and certificates of imported food shipments at Border-Crossing Points, to ensure their validity, conduct risk-based inspection for imported food products, and ensure compliance of all food consignments with quality and safety requirements and UAE standards