Umm Al Quwain laboratory ensures food safety

A senior official said the 3.5-year-old lab is observing strict standards and health regulations for the benefit of the society.

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Published: Wed 26 Mar 2014, 1:09 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:42 PM

The Umm Al Quwain Municipality has carried out 17,667 lab tests since the inception of its Food Laboratory in August 2010.

A senior official said the 3.5-year-old lab is observing strict standards and health regulations for the benefit of the society.

Ghanim Ali Saeed, Head of the Health Section at the UAQ Municipality, said they are doing lab tests on a regular basis to make sure the foodstuff being provided to the public are up to level and fit for human consumption.

“The lab, mainly concerned about foodstuff analysis, collects regular samples from food institutions and restaurants, apart from imported and exported materials.”

The lab is also doing tests on fungal toxins, as well as water analysis, he added. “We are adopting an advanced plan to develop the Lab work in the future based on qualifying and training staff inspectors and quality controllers.”

Saeed said the Lab shall also be provided with the latest sophisticated equipment for food and environment analysis tests. “We are mainly interested in protecting the society against polluted foodstuff being consumed every day.” Offering expired, unfit, and illegal foods for sale were on top of the violations mostly spotted by the municipal inspectors, he noted. “Some restaurant staffers proved to have been working with expired health cards.”

Meanwhile, the UAQ Municipality announced slaughtering around 17,400 animals, spanning sheep, goats, cows, and camels in 2013 at the Central Abattoir of the emirate.

“The Central Slaughterhouse here is not only taking care of slaughtering animals, but also cutting them, and examining their health in advance,” Saeed said.

The UAQ Municipality takes all due precautionary measures and strictly monitor all slaughtering stages, he added. “It is our priority to make sure that all the animals being slaughtered are diseases free, and fit for human consumption.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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