Hamdan bin Rashid launches federal food registration and classification system

Dubai, 8th February, 2015 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, on Sunday inaugurated the federal system for registration and classification of foods on the sidelines of the 20th edition of Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality trade show that began on 8th February and will continue till 12th February, 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The system has been developed by a joint team from monitoring agencies on barcode programmes, set by the Dubai Municipality, under the supervision of the National Food Safety Committee.

Authorities expect that the system will revolutionise the methods of monitoring imported food products as it will use the barcode of food products and the hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) principles in food control.

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said the system will unify and integrate efforts being made by monitoring and controlling authorities to streamline food trade flow through various ports of entry.

”The system will save time and financial costs incurred by monitoring agencies and food companies as there will be no need to register food products in individual emirates,” he added.

He noted that the system will also enhance confidence in the national food quality and safety system, indicating that his Ministry was working to standardise federal procedures and legislation to avoid duplication in the work of food monitoring agencies across various emirates.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Dubai Municipality, said the civic body’s food control section had in 2001 created the system for registration and classification of food products entering the country to maintain Dubai’s vision to become a reliable world trade centre for more than 160 local and international ports.

He added that the system was further upgraded in 2003 after the municipality took into consideration the best European and Australian practices in food control.