DM announces 9th Dubai International Food Safety Conference

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21 october 2014

Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah , Director General of Dubai Municipality, on Monday announced that the 9th Dubai International Food Safety Conference will be held on the 10th and 11th of November 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Lootah was addressing a press conference held in the City Hall, DM Main Building, Deira.

He said : ‘This conference is organised by the Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality with support from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and the Institute of Food Technologists.’

‘The global food supply is getting increasingly complex and it will only become more so over time. The increasing range of hazards and food safety challenges and  reports of widespread foodborne illnesses outbreaks worldwide clearly indicate that everyone has a role both as individuals and organizations to collaborate and collectively work to address the challenges. As the most anticipated event focused on food safety, the ninth edition of the conference aims to deliver high caliber discussions on how we can protect the highly complex and growing global food supply chain with innovation and a strong desire to change the way we do things to create a better future.’ Lootah said.

‘This year the conference will focus more on the Halal Food Conference. The global halal food market has an estimated annual value of US$ 1 trillion – which equates to approximately 20% of a global food market predicted to reach US$ 5.3 trillion by the end of 2014. With GCC halal food imports set to jump from US $25.8 billion in 2010 to US $53.1 billion by 2020, the UAE’s annual halal food imports will reach US $8.4 billion by the end of the decade,’ he said.

‘By positioning Dubai as a ‘worldwide halal centre’ at the forefront of global halal food industry growth, the Halal Food is expected to generate significant inward investment opportunities for major international businesses eyeing regional buyers, suppliers, logistics providers and storage and transport solutions. The conference will also see halal food policy-shapers and government organisations come together to discuss the implementation of far-reaching standarisation and certification frameworks,’ Lootah elaborated.

‘Dubai has the ambition and world-class infrastructure to serve as the economic hub of the worldwide halal food industry and the global Islamic Economy, and developing Dubai as an international Islamic Economic hub shows the foresight of its leaders and will provide opportunities for growth, development and prosperity in the region,’ he added.

Eng. Khalid Sherif, director of food control department at Dubai Municipality said : ‘This new initiative represents an engaging, value-added proposition for our global network of food manufacturers and traders, and underlines the innovative vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Development of Islamic Economy,’.

‘Following the Government of Dubai launching its ‘Dubai – Capital of Islamic Economy’ initiative, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) and Dubai Municipality plan to introduce globally-recognised standards and certification for halal food products and slaughtering,’ he said.

‘Halal food, according to the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), is defined by Islamic Law outlined in the Holy Qur’an as lawful food permitted for consumption. Halal food cannot consist of or contain anything which is considered unlawful under Islamic Law and there are strict criteria governing the entire supply chain – from slaughtering of animals, processing and transportation to kitchen preparation and storage,’ he explained.

Bobby Krishna T M, Principal Food Inspection Officer at Dubai Municipality said : ‘The four days at the conference will be spent on  learning, discussion, constructive arguments and above all, to pave the new way forward by sharing our responsibilities and challenges,’ he said.

‘In line with its now established tradition, DIFSC will feature an impressive faculty of reputed speakers, world renowned scientists, respected food safety professionals and high profile speakers. We have worked with national and International organizations such as the  Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Ministry of Water and Environment in UAE, International Association for Food protection(IAFP), Institute of Food Technologists, Campden BRI Research Institute,  International union For Food Technologists( IUFoST) and several other national and international organizations to bring to the event a compelling variety of topics, research work presentation as well as an all new program for students.  To address the regional needs, we have three symposia in Arabic language and a symposium on Halal Foods,’ he explained.

‘This year’s show is bigger and busier than ever with 4 preconference workshops, 16 Symposia with more than 100 presentations,30 exhibitors and an expected 2000 delegates. DIFSC brings food safety professionals from across the globe under one room and prides itself on providing an ideal platform for the food safety community to come work together, learn, share  and mutually benefit – this is firmly reflected by the resounding number of people who attend the event each year,’ he said.

‘The  venue at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre features purpose-built meeting halls and exhibition area and four times more space than the previous years to ensure that you are comfortable and benefit from the enormous learning and networking opportunities without getting distracted,’ he further said.

‘Presenters, exhibitors and media from all over the world will join us for the region’s biggest food safety event – and we welcome everyone to be a part of it,’ he added.

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