A Message from the Director of the Food Control Department

Food safety is a critical part of operating a food business. Illnesses resulting from improper food handling and preparation result in unnecessary human suffering and a lot of financial loss.

Operating a safe, sanitary food establishment can help to prevent these illnesses and to make good economic sense. A well run operation protects public health, reduces food waste, attracts customers and reduces the risk of negative publicity.

The Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality is dedicated to ensuring that your establishment provides safe food to your customers. Inspections and training programs are there to help prevent problems occurring within your foods establishment’s operation. Before you begin your operation, the Officers at the Department are available to assist you. By performing the required review of your facility plans and proposed menu, they will help ensure that your equipment, refrigeration and sanitary facilities are sufficient for your needs.

Later, the Food Inspection Officers help by providing information and advice to you and your employees during inspections of your facility. The Department reviews, approves, monitors and audits individuals, organizations and companies who provide consultation and training programs in food safety.

This handbook will provide you with practical guidance on how to comply with the food safety regulations in the Emirate of Dubai. The government and the food industry share that responsibility to ensure food safety. Following the regulation will ensure a well run, economically sensitive operation, as well as providing for the protection of the public health.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Khalid Mohamed Sharif

Director, Food Control Department

Dubai Municipality