Need for 'science-based food safety system'
Dubai, March 2, 2011
Regulatory authorities in the Middle East region must work in tandem with food industry and the academia to ensure a strong scientific base for food safety standards, said a leading industry expert.
Eva Hurt, corporate regulatory and scientific affairs manager, Nestlé was speaking at the 6th Dubai International Food Safety Conference held recently in Dubai.
Hurt emphasized the need for food industry stakeholders to work concertedly in evolving a more advanced and scientifically informed safety and quality system.
“For policy and regulatory framework in the region to be at par with international best practices, regulatory agencies, food industry and the academia must work as partners in health to develop effective food safety strategies that are rooted in science,” said Hurt.
“Regional economies should look to adopt an evidence-based approach to addressing food safety challenges and assign a greater role for scientific knowledge and expertise in policymaking,” she added.
“Ensuring strict regulatory compliance and fostering a culture of innovation is crucially important as food safety requires constant vigilance and continuous improvement,” Hurt noted.
One of the foremost international experts in food regulatory affairs, Hurt also chaired a workshop entitled “Responsible Consumer Information on Nutrition and Health Claims”, on the second and final day of the conference on Tuesday.
She discussed Nestlé’s global approach to Regulations on Nutrition and Health Claims as well as the company’s strict consumer communication policies including its pioneering initiatives in food labeling.
Nestlé, she said, was last year honored by the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) with its prestigious President’s Award, in recognition of its efforts to advance global food science and technology for the benefit of everyone and in particular for its commitment to food safety.
A gold sponsor of the conference, Nestlé Middle East has partnered with Dubai Municipality at the annual conference since the event’s inception in 2006.-TradeArabia News Service
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