x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Dubai conference aimed to improve animal food safety

The safety of livestock feed and pet-food products is a priority, a conference in Dubai heard.

The safety of livestock feed and pet-food products is a priority, a conference in Dubai heard.

Hussain Lootah, the director general of Dubai Municipality, said they were aiming to focus on sustainability in the livestock sector.

The search for healthy and safe animal feeds means the municipality is interested in cooperating with international experts and companies in the industry, he said.

The production of animal feed has grown into a multibillion-dollar business.

According to the United Nations, there are about 8,000 factories worldwide producing 650 million tonnes of products related to different types of animal feed.

Besides discussing best practices, the two-day event also considered whether new legislation was needed to enforce laws regulating animal feeds and animal welfare.

Officials from municipalities, federal organisations and the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority were present during the event.

Organised by Dubai Municipality, the two-day event, Animal Feed and Pet Food Forum and Exhibition, finished on Thursday.

newsdesk@thenational.ae