On the sidelines of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has organized a ceremony to honor 100 food facilities due to their distinguished performance in 2017 and compliance with the authority's requirements. Those facilities include meat and poultry slaughterhouses, veterinary facilities, animal production farms, restaurants, bakeries, food factories, supply facilities, and hotels. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, Director-General of ADFCA, Dr. Mariam Hareb Al Suwaidi, ADFCA's Executive Director of the Control Sector, and a number of the authority's leaders and staff.
In addition to distributing certificates of appreciation to those facilities, the authority honored some partners and employees for their effective role in promoting food safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The ceremony came in recognition of their commitment to apply the sound practices for handling food and their compliance with relevant standards and requirements of the authority.
In this regard, Eng. Thamer Rashed Al Qasemi, ADFCA's Spokesperson, stressed that honoring the distinguished facilities comes in recognition of their keenness to implement the authority's requirements and standards.
"It is a message to all food facilities to comply with the required standards to form a strong shield against the wrong practices that contribute to providing unsafe food to consumers, threating their safety. The ceremony contributes to fostering competition among food enterprises to achieve and ensure food safety," Al Qasemi added.
Al Qasemi clarified the risk level-based inspection system is included in ADFCA's annual plan to monitor the performance of food facilities. He noted that the authority carries out inspections visits based on the extent of the risk level and compliance with health requirements.
"The selection of Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival as a venue for this ceremony comes in recognition of the role of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in protecting the UAE's heritage because it is the history and pride of the nation. It also reflects ADFCA's belief that the country's development and prosperity are results of the insightful visions and wise directives of the founding father," Al Qasemi stated.
During the ceremony, Al-Nokhatha Rashid Mohammed Al Marzouqi has conveyed his expertise in hunting and selling fresh fish to the public. He works with his sons to revive the grandparents' profession in selling fish to be a source of livelihood for him and his family.
At the end of the ceremony, the authority distributed certificates of appreciation to representatives of the participating facilities. For their side, participants expressed their thanks and appreciation to ADFCA for this generous gesture. They also affirmed their quest to improve the quality of services provided to the society.