Dubai civic body releases food trade control report

The Dubai Municipality has expressed satisfaction over the pace with which electronic monitoring system for food trade becoming popular among companies.

The civic authorities who released its bi-annual food trade report claimed that 335 companies and more than 20,000 products have come under the electronic monitoring system during the first half of this year.

The Food Trade Control Section of the Food Control Department said that Dubai imported four million tonnes of food while its export figures touched three million tones marks from June 2010 to January 2011.

Khalid Sharif Al Awadi, director of the Food Control Department, said, "According to the report, 80,912kg of food items have been destroyed. The total food released on conditions is 98,787kg, while the food imported for the purpose of re-exporting reached 121,576kg."

He hoped the more products and companies will come under electronic system in the coming times that would ensure smooth movement of food trade focusing on food safety and quality.

The passage of food shipments through Dubai's ports requires strict safety norms. Any product affected by disease or epidemic may not be entertained at the ports and subjected to return back.