Dubai: On the sidelines of the recent 15th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, the Dubai Municipality has launched a series of unique initiatives in the field of food safety and nutrition.
The initiatives include Dubai Star, Green Path, Improving the knowledge efficiency of food processors and Improving food transport systems and logistics services through integration with Roads and Transport Authority.
The initiatives have been launched with the aim of increasing food safety and food security efforts and ensuring that all consumers can enjoy high quality food, in addition to highlighting Dubai’s exceptional position in the food sector.
Sultan Al Taher, director of the Food Safety Department, said Dubai Star is a global initiative that annually honors and encourages restaurants to adopt sustainable practices to produce safe, healthy and high-quality food.
“Dubai Star will be awarded to the most distinguished restaurants after being reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of experts, such as food safety experts, senior chefs and those involved in health, safety and sustainability assessment, after ensuring that the Dubai Star standards are met, including food safety and quality, food quality standards, sustainability and social responsibility. This award contributes to the leadership of the Emirate of Dubai worldwide in adopting standards of excellence and honoring the leading ones,” said Al Taher.
The restaurants whose review result will be 95 percent or more will be awarded three stars and two stars will be awarded to restaurants with a review result between 94 and 90 percent, and restaurants with a review result between 89 and 84 percent will be awarded one star.
Dubai Star entries will begin in early January and end on April 30, 2022, and the Dubai Star winners will be announced at the next session of the Dubai International Food Safety Conference, to be held in November 2022, he added.
Al Taher said Green Path is a pioneering initiative to develop the imported food control system and provide smooth, proactive and integrative services, enabling instant release of food types according to the risk assessment system and adopting the latest technologies, such as the internet of things in shipment tracking and release.
Improving the knowledge efficiency of food dealers
Al Taher said the Improving the Knowledge Efficiency of Food Dealers initiative aims to improve the level of knowledge efficiency of food processors in food companies and adopt the digital transformation of predictive education and the management of that process by applying best global practices.
He added that this initiative also embodies the collaboration and joint venture with the Dubai Tourism College and the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing as strategic partners of the Dubai Municipality, through the establishment of an electronic educational platform that will be available to food traders.