‘Predict, Prevent, Protect’

Taking place on 19th to 21st November 2017 in Dubai World Trade Centre, the 11th Dubai International Food Safety Conference is organised by the Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality with support from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), and the Institute of Food Technologists.

“This year’s conference will revolve around technology,” explains Principal Food Inspection Officer for Dubai Municipality, Bobby Krishna. “It will focus on how things can be linked in order to enhance and improve such aspects as traceability and bar-coding, and will address the opportunities and challenges that emerging technology presents in the world of food safety.”

Approximately 2000 food safety professionals will attend the conference, including not only those from the food industry itself, but also regulatory authorities and academic institutions, policy makers and students. “Delegates will be able to attend a wide variety of talks and workshops, where opportunities and ideas to use Technology Platforms, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Data Analytics and Data Science will be explored,” Bobby says.

Workshop topics will include Food Safety; Internet of Things; Whole Genome Sequencing; HACCP; TACCP; VACCP; Microbial; Risk Assessment; Predictive Microbiology; and Nutrition.

“There will be more than 200 presenters and speakers from all over the world, too,” said Bobby, “such as Creme Global founder Cronan McNamara and Vice President of Food Safety at Wal-Mart, Frank Yiannas.”

In addition to its focus on technology and data-driven systems, the conference, as it does every year, will explore and investigate the latest trends and challenges in the more fundamental aspects of food safety, including  approaches to food inspections and audits, microbiological and chemical risk assessment, and the human behavioural aspects of food safety management.

New regulations, new products, microbiological concerns, and customer demands are constant challenges for the food industry, and that is why the 11th Dubai International Food Safety Conference is a ‘must attend’ event in 2017. As Bobby Krishna concludes: “It is vital that everyone learns how to develop and manage critical food programmes, thereby ensuring the creation of safe products that meet both the industry’s and customers’ stringent quality expectations.”

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


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