‘Dubai Food Safety Conference Attracts Global Audience’

DIFSC2012The Dubai International Food Safety Conference is a unique annual event that brings together expert speakers, around 50 specialist exhibitors – including such blue-chip organisations as Unilever Food Solutions and Campden BRI – and over 2500 visitors from countries throughout the world, with Bobby Krishna, Principal Food Studies and Surveys Officer, Food Control Department, Dubai Municipality, commenting: “This event just keeps growing, there were visitors from 54 countries present last year, and we expect at least as many this year. It’s a marvellous five days, and allows participants to network with industry peers, share knowledge, and benefit from a broad array of talks, conferences and workshops.”

Second ParagraphHeld at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, this year’s event will see workshops take place on the 25th, 26th and 29th October, and conferences on the 27th and 28th October. “We have speakers from all over the world,” Bobby says, “giving talks about a wide range of fascinating and important subjects. There are over 60 speakers in all.”

Third ParagraphThese include Joseph Tan (Executive Steward to the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai); Jacqueline Slatter (the Director of Global Audit Delivery working in the Supply Chain Food Safety Group at NSF International); Frank Yiannas (Vice President of Food Safety for the world’s largest food retailer, Wal-Mart); Dr. P. Vincent Hegarty (Founding Director and Professor Emeritus, Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University); and Dr. Judit Juhasz (Chief Veterinarian of Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products – Camelicious). 

“Yes, this year we have some very interesting programmes, including one on camel milk, an increasingly popular product. It will focus on food safety, quality and international trade requirements,” Bobby explains. The EU Commission approved the trade of camel milk in 2013, with the UAE the first country in the Middle East to export camel dairy products to the European Union. The overall objective of the symposium is to provide a renewed vision of knowledge on milk production, technology, health and trade aspects of camel milk.

Other programmes include strategies and technologies to reduce food waste, three symposiums on nutrition, and three Master Classes – the Effective Use of Validation to Improve Food Safety Management Systems, an Introduction to Threat Analysis Critical Control Point (TACCP), and Risk and Exposure Assessment for Food Chemicals,” Bobby concludes.

Last ParagraphThis conference is organised by the Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality and is supported by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). 

· By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment  www.al-halabi.com

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