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Food Safety and Poisoning to be Discussed in Conference in Dubai

DubaiThe press conference in that will be held on Wednesday, 5 October2011, 10 am is managed by Municipality. Dubai Municipality in cooperation with Dubai Health Authority will discuss the details of the first project at the national level to investigate cases of transmitted food poisoning and diseases. Khalid Sharif Al Awadi, Director of gave the announcement. Khalid commented “Changing technologies, rapidly emerging and virulent pathogens, as well as globalization of the food supply present new and unique challenges to maintaining a safe food supply and protecting the consumer. With the increasing movement of food across the globe, pathogens also got spread”.

He added “The outbreak of a highly virulent strain of E. Coli 0104: H4 linked to fenugreek sprouts in 2011 is a classic example of how the pathogens have emerged and how widespread and damaging food borne diseases can be to countries that consume the contaminated food product as well as those that produce the food”. “The disease surveillance system links hospitals to the food control system. With the disease surveillance system in place, hospitals are able to provide real time reports on suspected food borne illnesses to the Food Control Department. Investigations are conducted by the department based on these reports” said Bobby Krishna, Senior Food Studies and Surveys Officer.

Bobby revealed “Early detection of food borne disease outbreaks is the key to controlling the spread of diseases – the earlier we detect an outbreak, the lesser will be the number of people who get sick. Such surveillance also provides the Food Control Department with the basis for developing, implementing, and evaluating control policies that will lead to reduced rate of illnesses”.

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