The EHS Food and Health Department had re-assessed the needs of its clients as it relates to public health. Client-based activities are becoming the major focus of the department, recognizing the new role that must be established to ensure a healthy community. Food & Health Department is responsible for the approval, licensing, monitoring and control of food establishments as well as health care facilities under Dubai World and its business unit’s clients. This includes inspections of food facilities like manufacturing / processing companies, catering companies, full service restaurants, fast food, grocery stores, convenience stores, temporary events and traders. The food inspection encourages adoption of a science-based risk management practices like HACCP (Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Point System) to monitor and control hazards in food. It also conducts inspections of health care facilities like hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, salons and spas. These inspections are done routinely and on a complaint basis to ensure compliance with local as well as international standards, guidelines and procedures.
Scope and Enforcement
The Food & Health Department is responsible for enforcing all local and international food safety legislation relating to food businesses from initial production to final sale as well as health care facilities.
Food Handler Occupational Health Cards and Basic Food Hygiene Training Course
Food handler permits are required for all persons who handle food, utensils or food service equipment. A fee is charged for a 1-year permit. In addition, food handler’s are required to undergo training in Basic Food Hygiene. Classes may be taught on-site at the facility by an EHS approved internal trainer, by EHS Food & Health Department, or by a third party EHS Registered and approved Training Company.
All new or remodeled food establishments are required to submit plans to be reviewed for compliance with regulations. As part of this process, construction or structural design inspection are performed after completion of the construction. Client has to obtain a Building Completion Certificate (BCC). Once BCC is issued the client can then apply for Operations Fitness Certification (OFC) to be able to start operation in the facility.