Global Food Regulatory Trends to be theme of 12th Dubai International Food Safety Conference

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A wide array of food safety experts from around the world will attend the 12th Dubai International Food Safety Conference (DIFSC), which will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center from 29 to 31 October 2018 under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Finance Minister and Chairman of Dubai Municipality.

The conference, organized by Dubai Municipality under the theme “Global food regulatory trends,” will discuss the most important issues related to various food regulations and its impact on international and regional trade, food safety and security in the light of growing global interest on this important issue.

The conference details were announced at a press conference held in Dubai Municipality headquarters on Sunday in the presence of Dawood Al Hajiri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, who pointed out the great significance of this conference organized by the Municipality, especially when the Emirate is preparing for the launch of Expo 2020, where food safety will be of great importance to the success of this event, which will strengthen Dubai’s global standing, as a huge number of visitors are expected to gather in the emirate, which requires great efforts to ensure the safety and quality of food to be provided to them.

“DIFSC is one of the most important regional and international events for those concerned with food safety and quality because of the great successes of this forum. Since its first session, it received tremendous attention due to the efforts exerted by the Municipality to make it a success as the Emirate of Dubai attaches great importance to food safety, which is linked to the Dubai Strategic Plan, which aims to make Dubai an attractive commercial and tourist center, as well as Dubai Municipality’s vision of “building a happy and sustainable city” as there is no happiness and sustainability with corrupt or contaminated food,” he said.

Khalid Sharif Al Awadhi, Executive Director of Dubai Municipality for Environment, Health and Safety Sector said the annual conference, organized by the Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality, aims to improve food safety standards in the Middle East.

“The topics to be addressed this year will focus on the role of food regulations in food safety and sustainability worldwide. Experts and specialists will review various food regulations and its impact on international and inter-regional trade in the region, in addition to presenting several studies and working papers that deal mainly with how to harmonize laws and procedures related to food in a way that ensures the safety of food without adversely affecting its sustainability and the smooth flow of trade between countries,” he said.

Iman Al Bastaki, Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality gave details about the most important seminars and lectures in the conference. “The Scientific Committee has prepared a specialized symposium on the methods of commercial fraud and how to detect and avoid it, the importance of combating commercial fraud and its impact on consumer and intra-trade. The symposium will be attended by experts in the field of commercial food fraud detection and representatives from the private sector,” she said.

“Following the strategic partnership with the International Society for the Protection of Food, this year’s conference will witness participation of one of the most important stakeholders in food safety, the US-based National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), which will participate in a workshop on food sector. It will address the use of food additives, reduced oxygen packing and other food preparation processes,” Al Bastaki said.

It is worth mention that the DIFSC was attended by more than 20,000 participants over 11 sessions, that witnessed 500 lectures, workshops and specialized seminars, as well as many other events such as food safety exhibitions, consultations, training, devices and solutions related to the safety and quality of food. Last year, more than 2,534 people attended the conference.

Dubai has more than 17,000 food outlets and imports more than 10 million tons of food annually and employs more than 100,000 food traders. It is important to channelize some efforts during the conference to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing those concerned with food safety and quality in Dubai. These solutions were not limited to the Emirate of Dubai only, as many local, regional and international bodies have benefited from the expertise of hundreds of experts and specialists in the field of safety and quality of food and nutrition.

This international conference has become the most popular event in the field of food safety in the Middle East and the world. For more information about the conference, please visit

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