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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the UK Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera Science Limited), on Tuesday signed an agreement to promote scientific and technical cooperation on food safety and environmental health.
The agreement was signed by Public Health Department Director Sheikh Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani on behalf of MoPH, and by Nicholas Boucher, head of the Science and Innovation Network, British Embassy in Doha, on behalf of Fera Science Limited.
The agreement provides a framework for enhanced cooperation in food safety research, particularly food contaminant and risk management analyses, analyses of products of animal origin, specialised tests of unforeseen toxins, food fraud detection techniques, dissemination of scientific research and development results and professional consultancy services in food safety and environmental health.
Sheikh Dr Mohammed said, “The signing of the agreement with Fera Science Limited comes within the framework of the MoPH’s keenness to apply the best international standards and practices in the field of food safety, including laboratory services, risk analysis, control standards development, supervision and regulation.
“It also serves the implementation of the Qatar Public Health Strategy 2017-2022 and the National Health Strategy 2018-2022. The agreement will also support the response of Qatar’s MoPH to food safety and environmental health emergencies.”
For his part, Fera Science Limited CEO Dr Andrew Swift said, “We are pleased to sign this important agreement with the MoPH in Qatar with the aim to develop and strengthen fruitful cooperation between the two sides, especially in promoting the quality and safety of food and environmental health in general or during major sporting events and particularly the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, based on our previous experiences at the 2012 London Olympics.”
Food Safety and Environmental Health Department Director at the MoPH Wassen Abdullah Al Bakr said that the agreement was a contribution to the enhancement of food safety in Qatar to serve the national strategy for food security, through a series of scientific events and activities carried out in cooperation with the UK Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera Science Limited).
The UK Food and Environment Research Agency contributes to support training services, food safety laboratory competence assessment, screening of certain food samples for pathogens, as well as food quality and safety advisory services and risk analysis. It will also conduct joint laboratory experiments to enhance the accuracy of laboratory test results, develop and deploy new techniques to support inspection capabilities for imported food consignments, as well as share expertise on many food safety systems and strategies and laboratory analyses.
The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera Science Limited) is an agency established by the UK Government to support and develop sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks. Fera Science Limited also specialises in agricultural science research for sustainable crop production to support food quality and safety in the UK and all over the world.
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