As the new academic year just started, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has carried out an inspection campaign on establishments that supply food to school canteens in Abu Dhabi emirate. The campaign with the title "Health of Young Generation Is Our Responsibility" was organized in order to ensure the establishments are abiding by all the regulations and requirements set forth by the food control body to guarantee safe food to students.
During the campaign that continued a week, the inspection teams covered 31 food supply establishments operating in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western Region. The inspectors handed over warning slips to 14 establishment for not being up to the mark in terms of health requirements while one was given violation ticket. While one establishment was given notice, the teams seized and destroyed 24.600 kg of food products which were found unfit for human consumption.
On commenting on the new spell of inspections, Thamer Al Qasimi, Acting Director of Communication & Community Service Division said, ADFCA has been always keen on ensuring that only safe food are supplied and sold across the emirate, especially in school canteens.
He said ADFCA follows a systematic plan to carry out inspections on food establishments of which some are routine and the others are of surprise kind.
"During these inspections general cleanliness, way of refrigeration, cooking, cleaning and storage of food would come under strict scrutiny of the inspectors. ADFCA team would check if the establishment is keen on buying food products from only approved sources or not and what is their level of precaution in order to check cross-contamination" he said.
He said there is a special guide for school canteens and suppliers are only allowed to buy food products from the sources enlisted in the guide.
It is noted that Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority carry out inspection campaigns on food establishments that supply food to school canteens on the beginning of every academic year. During these campaigns the authority would ensure that only establishments that are approved by Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) are supplying food to school canteens in the emirate.