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ADSW: MoCCAE and Food Security Centre of Abu Dhabi join forces to promote food security in UAE

Posted on 18/01/2017

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE, and the Food Security Centre - Abu Dhabi have joined forces to promote food security in the UAE. A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to this effect was signed yesterday by Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi, Chairman of Food Security Center, Abu Dhabi, at the ministry's pavilion on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW. The MoU is based on the Federal ...  >>MORE

UAE embassy takes part in FAO’s 155th session

Posted on 07/12/2016

ROME: Mohanad Sulaiman Al Naqbi, Deputy Chief of the UAE embassy in Rome, attended here on Monday the opening of the 155th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Council. The event, being held from 5th to 9th December, will see discussions on programmes to combat hunger, poverty and malnutrition, within the framework of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ->>MORE

Emirati minister appointed chairman of International Halal Accreditation Forum

Posted on 29/11/2016

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), was appointed as chairman of the International Halal Accreditation Forum, IHAF, during the Forum's first General Assembly meeting, convened recently in Dubai to set in motion the official activation of the world's first global Halal accreditation network. Mohammed Saleh Badri was also officially appointed as the secretary-general of IHAF. Badri was selected based on ...  >>MORE

Government supports national food diversity: Al Zeyoudi

Posted on 01/09/2016

The federal government takes interest in the national companies that work within the food diversity ecosystem, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment has said. While touring the National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing company in Abu Dhabi, he praised the company's role in preserving national food diversity, noting that such field visits help facilitate communication between the official authorities and national companies which would improve business ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality wins International Leadership Award for Food Protection 2016

Posted on 08/08/2016

Khalid Mohamed Sharif Al Awadhi, Executive Director of Food Safety Department at Dubai Municipality, has won the International Leadership Award for Food Protection 2016. He was honoured in St. Louis, Missouri, US, at the annual conference, in the presence of over 2, 000 participants, including food experts. The conference has been hosted by the Assembly for more than 100 years. Al Awadhi was nominated for this award in recognition of his effective role and leadership in the development of ...  >>MORE

Mobile restaurants to be allowed by ADDED but with special requirements

Posted on 26/07/2016

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, ADDED, has issued a decision that allows the licensing of restaurants that provide their services through mobile vehicles, subject to there being an existing restaurant or foodstuff catering license that is either owned 100% by a UAE citizen or with a local partner. Mohamed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of ADDED's Abu Dhabi Business Centre, said that this decision reflects ADDED's commitment to promote the contribution of service ...  >>MORE

Food safety contest at Dubai hypermarkets

Posted on 21/06/2016

Besides competing with special offers and discounts during Ramadan, hypermarkets in Dubai are also participating in a contest to raise food safety awareness among customers, officials said on Monday. Dubai Municipality this week launched the ‘Best Awareness Hypermarket Awards' to promote healthy and safe buying habits as food consumption and shopping increase during the month, said Noura Al Shamsi, head of the Food Permits and Applied Nutrition section at the municipality's Food Safety ...  >>MORE

UAE partakes at FAO Regional Conference for the Near East

Posted on 13/05/2016

ROME: Saqr Nasser Al Raisi, the UAE Ambassador to Italy and the country's permanent representative to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), headed the UAE delegation to the two-day long FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC), which opened yesterday at FAO headquarters in Rome. The UAE delegation includes a representative from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Eng. Mariam Hareb Al Muhairi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation ...  >>MORE

UAE offers tremendous opportunities in trade in agricultural and food products, says official

Posted on 07/04/2016

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: Saud Al Nowais, Commercial Counsellor at the UAE Embassy in Washington, has said that the UAE seeks to strengthen its investments in promising agricultural markets in various countries to serve its goals towards enhancing global food security. Speaking during the eighth annual Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade, which was opened by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Al Nowais said that the UAE is moving away from its dependency on the oil sector and is developing ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority says Snickers, Mars, Milky Way, Celebrations chocolate bars are safe

Posted on 28/02/2016

Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority said Snickers, Mars, Milky Way, Celebrations chocolate bars in the markets of the emirate of Abu Dhabi are safe and meet the UAE standards. Earlier this month, chocolate giant Mars recalled these bars in 55 countries worldwide, including Holland, after the discovery of a piece of plastic in a bar produced in a company plant in Holland. Mar Netherlands recalled these bars from Dutch markets after the discovery. Abu Dhabi's food regulatory body, in coordination ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change publishes list of banned products

Posted on 27/02/2016

As part of its commitment to safeguarding the public health, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, has published the list of banned products for trading or consumption manufactured by the Mars company of the Netherlands. This came after the ministry received the notification from the European Commission and the announcement of the manufacturer on the precautionary and voluntary recall of the products. An international recall of a range of chocolate bars has been announced by Mars ...  >>MORE

UAE part of worldwide chocolate recall by Mars

Posted on 25/02/2016

Thousands of chocolate bars are being pulled off shelves across the UAE after a piece of red plastic was found in a Snickers bar sold in Germany. The affected brands are Snickers Miniatures, Mars Minis and Miniatures and Best of Our Minis, which were produced in Holland. The UAE is part of a worldwide recall by confectionery manufacturer Mars that affects 55 countries, including Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. People who may have bought any of the affected chocolates have been urged not to ...  >>MORE

Gulfood 2016 kicks off in Dubai

Posted on 22/02/2016

Gulfood 2016, a major food and hospitality trade event in the region, kicked off at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Sunday. The show, which will run until Thursday, was opened By Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry. Gulfood features more than 5,000 companies and 117 pavilions, and is expected to draw more than 85,000 visitors from more than 170 countries, including international heads of state, ministers, government ...  >>MORE

Dubai foodstuff foreign trade hits AED 68.6 billion during first nine months of 2015

Posted on 18/02/2016

Dubai Customs has effectively contributed to the growth of food trade by providing quality Customs facilities for this sector, and ensuring speedy customs clearance of all its shipments, in order to cater to the food needs of the community without unnecessary delays. Figures released by Dubai Customs, in parallel with Gulfood 2016; the world's largest annual food and hospitality trade show, showed a 4% hike in foodstuff foreign trade volumes, from AED 66 billion in the first 9 months of 2014 ...  >>MORE

ADFCA says 97.1 percent of samples tested last year conform to standards

Posted on 15/02/2016

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) revealed that 97.1 percent 1,147 of samples collected from facilities and tested last year conformed to the standards. In a statement, the ADFCA said only 2.9 percent of the samples did not conform to the standards, and that administrative and legal procedures were taken against erring facilities The food control body underlined that the figures demonstrate the role of ADFCA in ensuring food safety and health of consumer through various integrated ...  >>MORE

Superfood could be super answer for UAE

Posted on 04/02/2016

Quinoa, the ancient superfood of South America's Inca civilisation, might become the solution to the UAE's food security issues. With its tolerance for salinity and nutritious protein content, the grain crop has been researched for the past 10 years for domestication in desert environments. The International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, working with Abu Dhabi's Ministry of Environment and Water and the Abu Dhabi Farmer Service Centre, has tested strains of quinoa to learn about their ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi tops in food safety

Posted on 03/02/2016

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has scored 99 per cent in the 2015 food safety performance evaluation carried out by the Ministry of Environment and Water in cooperation with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). The evaluation comes as part of the ministry's programme to enhance and develop food safety situation in the country which was executed with a team of experts from the FAO. The evaluation team visited the ADFCA last year. – Khaleej Times - >>MORE

Gourmet burger food truck proves a big hit in Umm Al Qaiwain

Posted on 26/09/2015

The latest craze that has foodies from London to Abu Dhabi salivating has finally arrived in the Northern Emirates. For the past few years food fans have flocked to food trucks – portable kitchens serving everything from kebabs to fresh organic salads. And now, the Highway311 truck is dishing out gourmet burgers for eager customers in Umm Al Qaiwain. The truck, named after the E311, or Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road, that links UAQ with the rest of the country, is a welcome sight on the ...  >>MORE

UAE takes lead in setting food safety standards across Middle East region

Posted on 23/09/2015

As nations across the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia (MEASA) region work to implement food safety standards through their respective food supply chains, the manufacturing, food processing, packaging and logistics sectors play a particularly important role in improving, supporting and driving quality control measures within their areas of expertise. With its strategic position as a key trading hub for the global food industry, Dubai is well placed to take the lead in improving and ...  >>MORE

Bakeries that supply school canteens checked

Posted on 28/08/2015

To ensure that every potential meal is a healthy experience for students, the Abu Dhabi Food and Control Authority (ADFCA) has carried out inspections across bakeries that supply food items to school canteens in the capital. Six different teams inspected 22 facilities ahead of the approaching academic year, of which 11 were served with warnings for failing to comply with the Authority's established rules and regulations. "Cleanliness of the premises as well as that of the workers', storing ...  >>MORE

ADFCA gets second place worldwide in Modern Systems of Geospatial Information

Posted on 30/07/2015

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has got the second place in the modern systems of geospatial information among the 32 universal participation at the 2015 Esri International User Conference held recently in San Diego, California, USA, in the presence of 16 thousand visitors from around the world. The ADFCA's winning of this position comes through the presentation of its programme and system in the international awards for modern systems, where Geospatial Information Systems of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi food authority creates atlas to monitor consumption

Posted on 28/06/2015

Food and health authorities have joined to produce a guide that will show residents how much food is too much. The "food atlas” lists different meals and includes pictures of eight different portions, so those reading it can identify how much they have eaten. They can then find out its nutritional value. "The first thing we ask people is, ‘what did you eat and how much?'” said Dr Edel Dawson- Stanley, a consultant at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, which released the atlas. "That's why the ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment participates in ‘No More Food to Waste’ conference in Netherlands

Posted on 23/06/2015

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has recently participated in a high-level conference, entitled ‘No More Food to Waste: Global Action to Stop Food Losses and Food Waste', held in The Hague in the Netherlands. The meeting was attended by Ministers representing Environment, Labour, Economy and Industry Ministries, heads of a number of international organisations and international personalities. The UAE's participation complements its commitment to achieve the goals ...  >>MORE

UAE, FAO discuss regional initiative to enhance water resources

Posted on 23/05/2015

Officials of the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water have met with representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, FAO, to discuss the organisation's initiative for sustainable management of water resources in the region. During the meeting, Mariam Saeed Hareb, Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation at the UAE ministry, and Pasquale Steduto, Deputy Regional Representative at the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa, ...  >>MORE

UAE’s food imports to rise to US$400b in 10 years

Posted on 01/04/2015

The UAE's food imports are expected to rise from US$100 billion (Dh367 billion) in 2014 to US$400 billion in the coming ten years, Sultan Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, told Gulf News on the sidelines of a ministerial round-table at the Annual Investment Meeting 2015 on Tuesday. The UAE import 85 per cent of its food, and the government plans to develop farmland in other countries — due to the lack of arable lands in the UAE — to secure food supplies amid increasing demand. Also the ...  >>MORE

FAO Director-General highlights need for food security in region

Posted on 17/03/2015

ABU DHABI, 17th March, 2015 (WAM) -- Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, Director-General, Jose Graziano Da Silva, has highlighted the critical role played by the media in spreading awareness of healthy food practices in order to achieve human well-being, to audiences across the Gulf region. In an interview with WAM on the occasion of the signing of a joint partnership agreement, the FAO Director-General said, "It is important to start thinking ahead on how we can secure the future. We are ...  >>MORE

ADFCA, FAO sign cooperation agreement

Posted on 06/03/2015

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have signed a joint cooperation agreement on the use of treated water in agriculture The deal aims at intensifying and strengthening the ways of ensuring the safe use of treated water in agriculture and safety of agricultural products as well. As per the agreement, a system will be prepared for assessing and monitoring of the use of treated water in the third stage of agriculture. It was signed by ...  >>MORE

UAE Ambassador to Italy presents credentials as UAE's permanent representative to FAO

Posted on 19/02/2015

ROME: Saqr Nasser Al Raisi, UAE Ambassador to Italy, has presented copies of his credentials to Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), as the UAE's permanent representative to the organisation. Al Rais conveyed the greetings of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, extending appreciation for his efforts to strengthen fruitful cooperation between the FAO and the UAE. During the meeting, da Silva discussed ways to ...  >>MORE

UAE, Lithuania, discuss cooperation on food security

Posted on 12/02/2015

The UAE Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, and Lithuanian Minister of Economy, Evaldas Gustas, on Wednesday discussed ways of promoting food trade and cooperation on food security between their two countries. In his remarks during the meeting at the Economy Ministry in Dubai, Al Mansouri, proposed a plan to promoted trade and relations with Lithuania. Defining the investment opportunities and promoting the role of the business community in both countries would be the first ...  >>MORE

Dubai foodstuff trade soars 14 percent, hits Dh 66 billion in Q3 2014

Posted on 10/02/2015

DUBAI, 10th February, 2015 (WAM) -- Dubai's foreign trade in foodstuffs recorded a remarkable 14 percent surge in the first nine months of 2014, further promoting the emirate's status as a global hub for foodstuff trading in the region. The sector's escalating growth is due to Dubai's ongoing economic and demographic development. The trend is also driven by a favourable business environment with exceptional logistic services and facilitations, time and cost saving customs procedures, as well ...  >>MORE

The Emirati Kitchen hits Abu Dhabi Corniche

Posted on 07/02/2015

Abu Dhabi residents and visitors will enjoy authentic local cuisine for 3 days only at The Emirati Kitchen located at the East Plaza on Abu Dhabi's Corniche. The National meets with Sheikha Alkaabi the founder of ‘Meylas,' the first Emirati food truck. – The National - >>MORE

Al Ain Dairy bags SIAL Innovation Award for camel ice cream

Posted on 28/11/2014

Al Ain Dairy, a U.A.E.-based diary company, has won the SIAL Innovation Award for their healthy alternative ice cream, "Camelait Pemium Camel Ice Cream". Organised by SIAL Middle East in conjunction with Etihad Airways, the award was presented to the Al Ain Dairy Company at a special ceremony in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The healthy alternative to regular ice cream was recognised as a ground-breaking product reflecting global trends and it was a case of second-helpings for Al Ain Dairy as it won ...  >>MORE

U.A.E., FAO hold Stakeholders’ Consultation "Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Agro-Food Sector" project

Posted on 01/10/2014

A joint U.A.E.-FAO Stakeholders' Consultation was held yesterday at the General Women's Union (GWU) premises to discuss methods of fostering women's entrepreneurship in agro-food industries in the U.A.E. Organisers say as the U.A.E. intends to establish a new benchmark for gender empowerment in the region, the agro-food sector possesses untapped potential for agriculture and agro-food system business entrepreneurship to develop value additions through agro-food chain. The project "Fostering ...  >>MORE

Bin Fahad stresses UAE’s commitment to support joint Arab efforts for strategic food reserve

Posted on 27/09/2014

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water has reaffirmed the U.A.E.'s commitment to support joint Arab efforts to set up a strategic food reserve in response to the world food crisis. He also emphasised the need to establish and implement Arab-wide mechanisms to achieve a level of agricultural integration necessary to maintain the required food stockpile. In a statement on the occasion of the Arab Agricultural Day tomorrow, September 27, under the theme "Strategic Arab ...  >>MORE

ADFCA confirms Lipton tea products safe

Posted on 18/08/2014

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has confirmed the safety of Lipton tea products in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi markets, following the circulation of rumours through YouTube, alleging the existence of hallucination pills in the company's products. Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi, Director of Communication and Community Service at the ADFCA, said that the inspectors conducted a comprehensive survey on the tea sales in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region retail outlets, pointing out that ...  >>MORE

Dubai Chamber report shows increasing preference for halal food as global market grows to US$1.1 trillion in 2013

Posted on 11/08/2014

Halal food and beverage market is becoming increasingly popular worldwide and has grown to a US$1.1 trillion industry in 2013, states the latest research note by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry based on a recent study by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with Dinar Standard. The Dubai Chamber report assumes significance as preparations are under way for the 10th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) to be held in Dubai from 28-30 October 2014, which will discuss halal food as a major ...  >>MORE

UAE's camel milk chocolate firm enters UK

Posted on 25/03/2014

UAE-based Al Nassma camel milk chocolate has entered into UK and will be available at the new-look Selfridges confectionary in London. Spread over 370sqm, the new Selfridges chocolate library will stock the most extravagant and extraordinary chocolates from around the globe. "We are looking forward to showcasing our premium product to the UK audience”, Martin van Almsick, General Manager at Al Nassma Chocolate said. "After our successful debut in Europe with Julius Meinl am Graben in Vienna ...  >>MORE

New international centre for Halal food to open in Dubai

Posted on 06/01/2014

Dubai will soon have a new International Centre for Halal Food and Product accreditation in compliance with Islamic law. Hussain Nasser Lootah, the Director General of Dubai Municipality, announced that the civic body will soon establish an international accreditation centre for Halal food in Dubai. The centre will be based on the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the world capital ...  >>MORE

The UAE scientist who ensures your food is safe to eat

Posted on 29/12/2013

Have you ever wondered how your favourite foods are made, preserved and packaged? The first Certified Food Scientist (CFS) in the UAE, Yousuf Saeed Al Saadi, built on his curiosity from a young age to explore the processes behind the ingredients, appearance and taste of food, making food science his long life career. While being a food scientist is not a very common job, Al Saadi, was recently recognised as a CFS among scientists from 54 different countries by the International Food Science ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Dairy invests in new farm and factory

Posted on 13/11/2013

Al Ain Dairy is set to boost production with a Dh400 million investment in a new farm and factory in Al Ain. With milk prices across the Emirates controlled by the Government, dairy producers are eager to focus on improving manufacturing efficiency to boost margins. "The market is growing organically at about 8 per cent,” said Shashi Kumar Menon, the chief operating officer at Al Ain Dairy. "Therefore our profits can only grow at between 6 and 8 per cent. About 98 per cent of what we feed a ...  >>MORE

UAE tops in per capita food consumption

Posted on 22/10/2013

According to Alpen Capital's revised 2013 GCC Food Industry Report, the GCC region will consume 49.1 million tonnes of food annually by the end of 2017, with the UAE to be the largest consumer in per capita terms. "Population growth, increasing income per capita and a booming tourism industry are the main drivers of food consumption in the GCC region, while food is currently the largest segment of consumer expenditure in the entire region. All reports indicate a fast growing market, with ...  >>MORE

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ADSW: MoCCAE and Food Security Centre of Abu Dhabi join forces to promote food security in UAE


UAE embassy takes part in FAO’s 155th session


Emirati minister appointed chairman of International Halal Accreditation Forum


Government supports national food diversity: Al Zeyoudi


Dubai Municipality wins International Leadership Award for Food Protection 2016


Mobile restaurants to be allowed by ADDED but with special requirements


Food safety contest at Dubai hypermarkets


UAE partakes at FAO Regional Conference for the Near East


UAE offers tremendous opportunities in trade in agricultural and food products, says official


Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority says Snickers, Mars, Milky Way, Celebrations chocolate bars are safe


Ministry of Environment and Climate Change publishes list of banned products


UAE part of worldwide chocolate recall by Mars


Gulfood 2016 kicks off in Dubai


Dubai foodstuff foreign trade hits AED 68.6 billion during first nine months of 2015


ADFCA says 97.1 percent of samples tested last year conform to standards


Superfood could be super answer for UAE


Abu Dhabi tops in food safety


Gourmet burger food truck proves a big hit in Umm Al Qaiwain


UAE takes lead in setting food safety standards across Middle East region


Bakeries that supply school canteens checked


ADFCA gets second place worldwide in Modern Systems of Geospatial Information


Abu Dhabi food authority creates atlas to monitor consumption


Ministry of Environment participates in ‘No More Food to Waste’ conference in Netherlands


UAE, FAO discuss regional initiative to enhance water resources


UAE’s food imports to rise to US$400b in 10 years


FAO Director-General highlights need for food security in region


ADFCA, FAO sign cooperation agreement


UAE Ambassador to Italy presents credentials as UAE's permanent representative to FAO


UAE, Lithuania, discuss cooperation on food security


Dubai foodstuff trade soars 14 percent, hits Dh 66 billion in Q3 2014


The Emirati Kitchen hits Abu Dhabi Corniche


Al Ain Dairy bags SIAL Innovation Award for camel ice cream


U.A.E., FAO hold Stakeholders’ Consultation "Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Agro-Food Sector" project


Bin Fahad stresses UAE’s commitment to support joint Arab efforts for strategic food reserve


ADFCA confirms Lipton tea products safe


Dubai Chamber report shows increasing preference for halal food as global market grows to US$1.1 trillion in 2013


UAE's camel milk chocolate firm enters UK


New international centre for Halal food to open in Dubai


The UAE scientist who ensures your food is safe to eat


Al Ain Dairy invests in new farm and factory


UAE tops in per capita food consumption