DCL sets up new lab for testing pesticide residues in vegetables and fruits
Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, inaugurated the new food-testing lab of the Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) in the Fruits and Vegetables Market in Warsan for testing pesticide residues in vegetables and fruits.
Al Hajri pointed out that the new lab for tests and analysis of various samples reflects, enhancing and ensuring of the food safety, and the great efforts made by the Municipality to improve the performance of its labs and it contributes to controlling quality and safety in line with international standards.
The process of setting up a lab to test residues of insecticides in food with the latest technologies and advanced specialized devices are part of the ongoing development chain of the DCL, in addition to the high efficiency of its analysts and specialists. The first of its kind lab constitutes a qualitative addition that provides services to the food suppliers in Dubai and enhances consumer confidence in the products available in the market.
The DCL, which offers a number of tests that serve the food control system on the goods imported to the country, continuously monitors food in the outlets and markets.
The Director General of the Municipality was briefed on the mechanism used for tests, the methods of control and the stages of work in the lab from the receipt of samples to the extraction of results, with the new state-of-the-art technical systems and the multiple capabilities of the lab.
It is noteworthy that the new lab has obtained the ISO 17025:17 certificate for international accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, in addition to the international ISO 45001:18 certificate for occupational safety and health management systems, and an ISO 14001:15 certificate for environmental management systems.
The lab is divided into specific sections according to international specifications, which include samples receiving section, food samples preparing lab, food samples testing lab, which conducts electronic tests of pesticide residues in foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, milk, grains of all kinds, honey, spices and rice.