Title: Food Safety Review in the State of Kuwait as a part of Arab Gulf Area

Authors: Hani M. Al-Mazeedi; Alaa B. Abbas; Wafa' Y. Al-Jouhar; Seham A. Al-Mufty; Yousef A. Al-Mendicar

Addresses: Biotechnology Department, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, P.O. Box 24885, 13109-Safat, Kuwait ' Public Health Laboratories Department, Food Chemical Unit, Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 5540, 13056 Safat, Kuwait ' Public Health Laboratories Department, Food Chemical Unit, Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 5540, 13056 Safat, Kuwait ' Public Health Laboratories Department, Food Chemical Unit, Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 5540, 13056 Safat, Kuwait ' Public Health Laboratories Department, Food Chemical Unit, Ministry of Health, P.O. Box 5540, 13056 Safat, Kuwait

Abstract: The Food Safety Review (FSR) is a partnership between industry, government, academia, and the consumer. The reason for our review is to increase consistency among local health departments and their interpretations of the state food service rules. The mission of the FSR is to work in partnership with the Department of Health in developing advisory technical interpretations of the state food service regulations and other matters relating to Kuwait Administrative Code, interpretation of food handling practices and processes, guidance on 'equivalency' determinations, providing recommendations for revisions to the Kuwait State Board of Health, and finally, facilitating communications to all stakeholders regarding FSR activities and actions. This review gives a comprehensive evaluation of the safety and quality of food consumed in the state of Kuwait. The database presented in this review has been gathered from projects, local Kuwait conferences and published papers, by different scientists in Kuwait, regarding food safety, quality, health, spoilage, contaminants, and general awareness of hygiene. As a result of the information presented in this review a detailed action plan for the strengthening of Kuwait Food Safety System is proposed.

Keywords: food safety review; quality control; food analysis; food regulation; Kuwait; food handling; food quality; public health; food spoilage; food contamination; food hygiene.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFSNPH.2015.067561

International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, 2015 Vol.5 No.2, pp.110 - 136

Accepted: 26 Jul 2014
Published online: 17 Feb 2015 *

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