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Dubai Central Lab launches three food testing services

New lab tests to detect food fraud and ensure safety of food in Dubai

Dubai: Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) of Dubai Municipality has launched three new services for testing different food products.

These tests will help ensure the quality and safety of food products and that they are free of commercial frauds and pathogens that lead to food poisoning, the civic body said in a press release on Monday.

“The first one is Food Validity Period Extension Service, through which different types of samples are studied and tested to determine the period required for the validity of the food product,” said Maha Al Hajiri, head of Food and Environment Laboratories Section.

“Another service is for detecting commercial fraud in fresh and cooked meat, which is done through the use of immunosuppressive technology associated with the enzyme. The third service is for detecting bacterial pathogens such as salmonella bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli using a molecular detection technique with precision and speed showing results within 42 hours,” she said.

“The new tests are aimed at ensuring the quality and safety of products and making them free of commercial frauds and pathogens that lead to food poisoning according to the ISO 17025 laboratory quality standards,” Al Hajiri said.

She said that the development of the new tests was a reflection of DCL’s strategy to provide testing services to various categories of customers, and to achieve the vision of Dubai Municipality — building a happy and sustainable city.

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