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ADAFSA Introduces New Food Sampling Procedures to Enhance Safety and Quality

The decision is part of a plan to modernise and develop the legislative system supporting ADAFSA’s work

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Published on June 8, 2024, 14:10:24

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The Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has decided to implement new procedures for food and fodder sampling for control and inspection in Abu Dhabi.

They have instructed the Director-General of ADAFSA to establish guidelines for sampling and to appoint qualified staff to perform these tasks. The decision aims to standardise the sampling process for monitoring food and fodder at all stages of the supply chain and trade within the Emirate.

The initiative is part of ADAFSA’s ongoing efforts to enhance workflows, update the legal framework and ensure the correct application of policies related to food and feed sampling, control and inspection. It also aims to strengthen adherence to the rules and laws enforced by the Authority.

ADAFSA seeks to update the relevant legislative system, ensure the safety and quality of food and fodder throughout the food chain, ensure compliance with technical regulations and standard specifications and enhance security in aspects related to food safety and animal health by regulating sampling for food and fodder control and inspection.

Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, Director-General of ADAFSA, confirmed that the decision would facilitate the re-analysis of samples taken from food establishments and fodder handling facilities for control and inspection purposes.

He emphasised that this decision is part of a plan to modernise and develop the legislative system supporting ADAFSA’s work. It also aligns with federal legislation issued after Regulation No. 5 of 2010 by including fodder samples in the scope of food sampling operations for control and inspection.

The decision underscores ADAFSA’s commitment to consumer health and safety, ensuring the provision of safe and healthy products for humans and animals. It follows the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Presidential Court, and Chairman of the Board of

Directors of ADAFSA, to enhance the quality and safety of food and fodder products. Al Ameri stated: “These controls provide precise guidelines and directives for sampling operations, including the technical procedures and standards necessary to ensure accurate and reliable results.

We encourage all stakeholders in food and fodder handling facilities to cooperate with sampling procedures and fully comply with the specified procedures to achieve our desired levels of quality and safety.”

 Key Takeaways

Standardisation of Sampling Process: ADAFSA's new guidelines ensure a consistent approach to sampling food and fodder, enhancing reliability and accuracy.
Improved Regulatory Framework: The updated procedures modernise the legislative framework, aligning with federal regulations and supporting ADAFSA's broader objectives.
Enhanced Consumer Safety: The new sampling controls reinforce ADAFSA's commitment to protecting consumer health and safety, ensuring food and fodder products meet stringent standards.
Comprehensive Quality Assurance: The initiative includes technical procedures and standards to guarantee precise and reliable results, maintaining high-quality food and fodder products.
Support for Stakeholders: ADAFSA encourages cooperation from all stakeholders in the food and fodder sectors, promoting compliance with the new sampling procedures for optimal quality and safety.
Focus on Food Security: The new procedures enhance food security by ensuring that all food and fodder products conform to technical regulations and standards, benefiting public health and animal welfare.
Leadership and Vision: Reflecting the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the initiative underscores ADAFSA's proactive approach to improving food and fodder quality and safety in Abu Dhabi.

ADAFSA’s new sampling procedures mark a significant step forward in ensuring the safety, quality and reliability of food and fodder in Abu Dhabi. By standardising processes, updating the regulatory framework and encouraging stakeholder cooperation, ADAFSA aims to protect consumer health and enhance food security, demonstrating a firm commitment to excellence in food safety and animal health.

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