ADFCA held Food Risk Management and Crises Workshop in Abu Dhabi
ADFCA held Food Risk Management and Crises Workshop in Abu Dhabi
10/3/2012 12:00 AM
The Food Risk Analysis Division of the Policy and Regulation Sector at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) held a workshop entitled �Food Risk Management and Crises: Best Practice and Lessons� by Mr. Khalid Al Marzouqi, Food Risk Management Manager, ADFCA and Dr. Fadi Al-Natour, Food Risk Management Analyst, ADFCA.

The workshop discussed the overall policy framework and agriculture and food safety policies with elaboration on key principles and procedures of food safety. Besides, they also reviewed  risk management in food and agriculture which includes the monitoring of  imported food based on the degree of health hazards, the risk-based inspection system for food in the Abu Dhabi local market, the implementation of HACCP for the food catering services sector, and food alert management.

The Food Risk Analysis Division  receives notifications from several sources via specific contact points, follows them up and analyse the sources of risk associated with specific  food-related accidents. The contact points include �World Health Organization�, "International Network of Food Safety", �European Commission� �Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed�,  �Saudi Food and Drug " GCC Rapid Alert System for Food" and the Ministry of Environment and Water.

The Division received during the past year 76 notifications related to various  food products, feed and other food-related materials.. The sources of danger comprised  chemicals such as  insecticides, bromate, heavy metals, banned coloring agents, microbes such as salmonella and coliform bacteria, myco-toxins, molds, plastic particles and insects. . Thefood alerts were of different types, with  66% comprising alerts for rejection at the border, 22% precautionary notifications and 13% for information only.

The presentations reviewed the main lessons drawn from the alerts and food crises through a case study of the  Outbreak of Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome in Germany, which occurred recently due to E-Coli bacteria. The key lesson from all these was the importance of  continued cooperation between food safety and health bodies  for rapid exchange of information, verification of the accuracy of reports and  information ,  preparedness   to deal with food crises including food poisoning incidents and the ability to press into service specialized staff proficient in both the animal and plant aspects of agriculture as well as in food safety.

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