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  • 1. New food safety controls in Abu DhabiMahmoud Habboush • Last Updated: April 21. 2008 4:11PM UAE / April 21. 2008 12:11PM GMTJoby Joseph prepares nutritious meals for home delivery at the Bite Rite Cafe in Abu Dhabi. Thisweek, the Government revealed new food safety controls and standards. Ryan Carter / TheNationalThe Government announced plans to tighten food safety controls during a Food ControlAuthority (FCA) news conference.The FCA chairman, Rashed al Shariqi, said: “Our goal is to introduce regulations that wouldcover all aspects of food safety 100 per cent.”The authority is the third of 26 government departments to release details of their plans.On Friday, the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi approved major restructuring plans of itsdepartments, which will be made public over the coming weeks.The FCA, which unveiled its five-year strategy during yesterday’s news conference, willimplement 86 projects, such as campaigns to control the use of water.In May, a law was passed that will see agricultural activities transferred from the Department forMunicipal Affairs to FCA. The transition was scheduled to take one and a half years. By 2009,agricultural affairs will be fully managed by FCA.Earlier this month the Abu Dhabi Government announced new legislation dealing with foodsafety. The food law, which will come into effect later this year, will introduce tough penaltiesand fines of up to Dh200, 000 for handling harmful food.Mohammed al Reyaysa, the manager of communication and information, said: “We want toguarantee food safety from the farm to the fork.”

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