First Certified Food Scientist of UAE Yousef AlSaadi completes his PhD
2/3/2015 12:00 AM

Yousef Saeed Rashed Al Saadi, employee of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) and who rose to fame being the first ever certified food scientist in UAE has added yet another feather to his crown of glory by possessing a doctorate degree for his studies in food science.

The doctorate was awarded by Kansas University for his specialization in the studies related to advanced fast track detection of bacteria in food items.

After his 5 year long extensive research he now has developed a system to detect bacteria in 6 hours which is hoped to be replacing the existing one that takes a whole day to find bacteria presence.

He came to the fame following his accreditation by International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC) and the Institute of Food Technologies (IFT) months ago after successfully passing several examinations to test his expertise and competency.

By receiving the certification he became one among the three food scientists from the Arab region and among 1,441 food scientists worldwide who are entitled for this global recognition. He received the certificate during the annual conference of Institute of Food Technology held in Chicago last year where more than 1000 internationally accredited food scientists from across 54 countries were present.

In this regard, Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director of Communication & Community Service Division at ADFCA said: "ADFCA is proud on his being the first CFS in the UAE as well as on the latest achievement in the field of food science studies. No doubt it is the reflection of the dedicated efforts ADFCA exerted in its journey towards becoming a globally recognized organization in the field of agriculture and food safety"

He said ADFCA has been keen on providing support in the way of growth and development for its employees and gives high value for excellence and creativity of staff.

"We recognize the efforts Dr. Al Saadi rendered in his way forward to the achievement of global position and to pursue his researches, and hope it may boost up ADFCA's zeal to perform better in taking the Abu Dhabi food sector to more heights" he added.

In his turn, Dr. Al Saadi expressed his gratitude towards Abu Dhabi leadership for its policies and strategies that encourage employees to perform better to best as well as recalled ADFCA's support and care in his way ahead to achieve the global recognition.

He said he has taken a personal mission to create twenty Certified Food Scientists from the UAE by the year 2020.

Many see him as a potential candidate for this year's list of 'UAE Pioneers', an initiative to honor the first position holders in the country annually. 

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