Call to set up food accreditation centre in Dubai – Discussions to be held as part of upcoming Dubai International Food Safety Conference
Dubai: A seminar on halal food will be held in Dubai as part of the Dubai International Food Safety Conference (DIFSC) on November 18-19. Officials are pushing for new regulations to accredit and standardise halal food companies and to set up an international centre for halal food accreditation in Dubai.
Top experts in standards and specifications, and halal food operations will be discussing the need and ways to regulate the Halal food industry at Dubai’s premier food safety conference coming up after two weeks.
Ameenah Mohammad, head of DIFSC’s scientific committee, said the seminar was in line with the launch of a strategic plan to develop the Islamic economy sector by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“This project should start with creating a firm legislative infrastructure that includes all specifications and procedures related to halal food,” Ameenah said.
“The second orientation of this plan is to make Dubai the main hub for the food and halal products industries as well as a trusted name in its adoption.
“This requires creating a local network of facilities and logistic services to produce and develop these products, export, re export and build up a chain of best standards in the field.”
Amina, who is also the Director of Accreditation Department at the Dubai Municipality and Head of the DIFS Conference organising committee, explained that this position recognised by international relevant organisations such as the International Accreditation Forum and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, adds significance of the emirate where its recourses and expertise can be utilised to create an international centre for halal food accreditation.She noted that the basic hurdle in halal food accreditation is the consolidation of specifications and procedures on both theoretical and practical levels. The DIFSC organising committee has invited global experts in order to reach a unified vision on these procedures, specifications and their implementation.
The seminar will include speakers from the Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology of the UAE, a leading authority in the field of food specifications in the regional level and from Calibration and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (Simic) of OIC, in addition to the representatives of food organisations operating in production, manufacturing and trade of halal hood.