Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has played an important role in ensuring safety of food handled throughout the Liwa Dates Festival-2005 which ended recently in Western Region.
Apart from being a participant in the exhibition, ADFCA worked hard to ensure safety of food products in the exhibition as well as the food items served and sold during the 9 day heritage and agricultural event.
On a daily basis, ADFCA officials inspected the dates varieties exhibited and participated in the competitions as well as collected samples to be sent to laboratories for tests and analysis.
According to ADFCA, 140 samples were collected and sent for laboratory analysis during the festival period.
In this regard Ahmed Abdul Kareem Al Sharaf, Acting Director of Communication & Community Service Division of said: "ADFCA has been always keen on participating in various events held in Western Region because of the region's strategic position and contribution to various sectors"
"ADFCA inspectors have played a great role in ensuring food safety within the festival premises. They supervised inspections on the food facilities that temporarily operated in the festival premises as well as the food items served for visitors. They visited all restaurants, cafeterias and shops selling sweets, dates, honey and ice-cream and confirmed they abide by food safety rules and meet the required standards and specifications" he said.
He said, meals including lunch and dinner for approximately 700 persons were supplied daily in the festival venue.
"Our inspectors checked the restaurants that supplied food to the festival venue covering all the phases including preparation, cooking, transportation, storing and serving in addition to inspecting the temperature levels they maintained in all these phases" he added.