Dubai Municipality receives 20,911 e-requests for food product registration and evaluation service
Dubai, 21 May 2020:
Dubai Municipality has received, from the beginning of March until the end of April of this year, 20,911 e-requests for the service of registration and evaluation of food products, at a rate of 477 requests per day.
The Municipality continued to collect food samples from imported food shipments during the past two months. More than 1,200 such samples were collected as per the food risk analyzing and assessing principles derived from the recommendations of international authorities and reference bodies.
This comes within the framework of Dubai Municipality’s commitment to continue providing its services under the current conditions, and the efforts to ensure business continuity as the first line of defense to protect consumers from contamination of foodstuffs by the microbial hazards and chemical residues, and the keenness to enhance consumer confidence in food safety.
A total of food 700 samples were collected to ensure that they meet the approved standards in the country, and all samples collected are subject to examination and analysis in the relevant sections of Dubai Central Laboratory.
The service of registration and evaluation of food products contributes to the streamlining of the food trade and accelerates its circulation, by enabling food traders and manufacturers to register their products, in preparation for importation and offering them in the markets in the Emirate of Dubai and the country.
This service also enhances the fulfillment of the requirements for the food label data, in accordance with UAE and Gulf technical regulations, specifications, and standards. This reduces the possibility of consumer exposure to unsafe products. The number of food items registered on the system since its establishment has reached 823,689 items.
The Municipality also carried out a number of studies during the same period, the most prominent of which is the survey to ensure that meat is free from non-permitted additives such as nitrites and nitrates, in addition to the survey to ensure that the honey circulated in the local market is free of stimulants and PDE5.