x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

World-class vet clinics and labs to open in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority held its third regular meeting of the year, where it also discussed offering a prize for agricultural innovation.

ABU DHABI // World-class veterinary clinics and laboratories will open soon, according to the emirate’s Food Control Authority.

The authority has approved projects in Al Wathba, Al Qattara, and Madinat Zayed to cater to the emirate’s growing animal population, state news agency Wam reported.

An international consultant is being sought to design the project “in line with guidelines of international organisations”.

Al Wathba’s clinic and laboratory will be built from scratch, while existing facilities in Al Qattara and Madinat Zayed will be renovated.

The authority also discussed ways of regulating food. It will work with the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology to develop unified standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade.

An award to recognise contributions in sustainable agriculture and filling the food gap will also be launched.

The Sheikh Zayed Award for Agricultural Innovation will be open to individuals, companies and government and non-government organisations.

The authority “hopes the award will help the world find creative solutions to future demand for food”.

osalem@thenational.ae