DM completes preparations for 9th Dubai International Food Safety Conference
03 november 2014
Dubai Municipality’s food control department has announced that the civic body is completely geared up for the 9th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, which will be held on 10th and 11th of November 2014 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. This was stated by Eng. Khalid Sherif, director of food control department at Dubai Municipality.
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,” Al Awadi said.
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.” he 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.
“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.
“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 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,”.
“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 said.
“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 explained.
“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.