The Ministry of Municipality, represented by the Doha Municipality, organised Wednesday an introductory forum on rules and principles of food health and safety as well as proper ways to trade foodstuff, with the participation of officials of various hotels and restaurants from different areas of Doha.
The forum aimed to raise awareness of food safety and the health requirements that must be met according to standard specifications, to achieve the highest levels of food safety.
On this occasion, the Director of Doha Municipality Mansour Ajran al-Buainain said that the introductory forum with food establishments' officials and representatives comes within the framework of the ministry's keenness to open new horizons for dialogue and joint work with all relevant institutions and bodies to develop the work environment.
The forum will serve the interests of everyone and is the beginning of a series of upcoming forums that include all food establishments within the borders of Doha to enhance community participation.

Director of the Municipal Control Department of Doha Municipality Salem al-Shafi

The forum also aims to activate the awareness role in addition to the supervisory role, by enhancing co-operation, integration, and communication with food establishments' officials to provide guidance and raise awareness on food safety.
The Director of Doha Municipality pointed out the educational role played by the inspectors of the Health Control Section of the Municipal Control Department during their campaigns and tours.
The Health Control Section inspectors educate food establishments officials and workers about everything related to food safety, pointing out that the main objective is not to spot errors and violations but to alert for correction to achieve the provision of healthy and safe food for everyone.
For his part, Director of the Municipal Control Department of Doha Municipality Salem al-Shafi said that the municipality's hosting of the forum comes within the philosophy and strategy of the ministry's work based on the vision and instructions of His Excellency the Minister of Municipality towards opening horizons and ways of community dialogue, and joint efforts between the municipal sector, and all relevant institutions and bodies to develop the work environment in a manner that serves the interest of all and achieves the desired goals.
Al-Shafi explained that the introductory forum on the rules and principles of food health and safety also aims to shed light on types of risks, the main reasons for food poisoning and how to avoid them, spreading awareness, and to provide the necessary instructions for workers to raise the level of safety during all stages of the food chain for safe and healthy food.
The Director of Public Relations in the Ministry of Municipality Dr Fayqa Ashkanani pointed out the co-operation and co-ordination between Doha Municipality and all other municipalities in terms of publishing and broadcasting awareness messages and films related to food safety through various local media and social media platforms affiliated with the ministry.
This comes within the awareness and media plan of the Public Relations Department through intensifying the awareness and educational campaigns to increase public awareness and cooperation with the competent authorities and adhere to municipal laws in various fields of work and activities of the Ministry to achieve its strategic objectives and Qatar National Vision 2030.
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