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UAE developing early warning system for food safety.

Summary: Abu Dhabi - The Ministry of Environment and Water is joining hands with local and international partners to develop a national early warning system on food and fodder to ensure food safety, a senior official has disclosed.

Abu Dhabi - The Ministry of Environment and Water is joining hands with local and international partners to develop a national early warning

system on food and fodder to ensure food safety, a senior official has disclosed.

The mechanism will receive local and international notifications directly, making the process of banning contaminated products more effective and swifter.

Eng. Eman Al Shamsi said the system provides accurate information about the inbound shipments, and outlets of products distribution therefore enhancing abilities of food watch agencies to swiftly withdraw products from markets that are in breach of food safety standards. 'Acting as a reliable data base regarding food safety concerns, the system will help the competent authorities to set proper priorities and measures to ensure food safety,' she explained.

The Ministry, she added, had established points of contact at local, Gulf and European levels and other specialised organisation like the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and International Plant Protection Convention. These focal points, she affirmed, are instrumental for sharing information so as to raise the level of joint cooperation in food safety and heighten awareness about potential food risks.

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Date:Jan 6, 2011
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