The Greater Amman Municipality Conducts “Food Safety” Workshop

Published March 24th, 2010 - 09:33 GMT

Australian experts from the Australian Meat and Live Stock Corporation and specialists from Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) and representative from manufacturing meat and food sector, discussed recently food safety cases in a workshop organized by GAM.
The Executive Director of the Control and Inspection department, Eng. Ezziden Shammout, affirmed during the opening of the workshop on GAM constant keenness to improve food safety and health criteria, and expand research and awareness in this area. 
He also pointed out that improving the safety standards of food to prevent injuries resulting from the lack of conformity with the conditions and standards of health and food remains the biggest challenge, owing to the constant change of production and consumption requirements.
Eng. Shammout pointed to the importance of citizens’ involvement side by side with the concerned institutions with regards to the responsibility of food control and safety. 
The Director of Health and Professional Supervision Department in GAM, Dr. Mervat Mhierat, said that the one day meat and food workshop aims at raising health awareness between the employees in the area of meat and food inspection in GAM and the private sector.
The workshop papers, presented by the Australian experts, focused on the consumer expectations with regards to food safety, quality assurance methods, and specifications of canned meat and validity, as well as the cooling system and food safety management ISO 2200.
She also stated that the Department has received last year, nearly five thousand health complaints, and curried out more than 174 health checkups and field trips, in addition to the issuance of approximately 22 thousand violations ranging  between violation tickets for the prevention of nuisance and vocational and industrial violations.
The number of health warnings that GAM has issued, was about 30 thousand warnings, and 403 precaution closures, and 2184 closure of vocational outlets and (light) industries.
According to Dr. Mhierat, GAM destroyed last year 3730 tons and 216 liters (of food stuff and meat), while blocking 188 tons and 32 thousand liters of food stuff not conforming to health standards and specifications.
The total number of food and water samples that were examined in terms of bacteria or chemicals was about 30 thousand samples, and the percentage of samples non-conformity with specifications was approximately 17%.

GAM has examined during the past year 81,699 citizens in the foodstuffs sector in its laboratories, and issued 81,368 free of diseases certificates.

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