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Confab seeks ways to counter challenges facing food safety

KUWAIT CITY, March 15, (KUNA): The 2nd Kuwait Food Safety Conference (KFSC) kicked off on Tuesday with the participation of several international experts and specialists in the field. The conference coincides with the start of implementing stipulations of the Sustainable Development Summit, held at the UN headquarters in September 2015, Ministry of Health Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs Dr Majda Al-Qattan said in an opening speech.

She hoped the conference would come up with significant recommendations concerning the development and updating of policies and procedures to counter challenges facing food safety. On her part, deputy head of Administration of Food and Nutrition at the Ministry Dr Nawal Al-Hamad, told KUNA that the conference targets the core issue of food safety in Kuwait. She noted that the Administration is tasked with monitoring and following up on procedures to guarantee safety of food in the country, especially through spreading awareness. Dr Al-Hamad pointed to the dangerous consequences of consuming high level of sodium and saturated fat in processed food, such as in hotdogs, noting that specific terms should be placed to regulate entry of these products.

The event will be associated with a large fair of Kuwait’s major companies specialized in nutrition, in addition to a pavilion for the best awareness design on food safety. Kuwait is strongly committed to all mechanisms and international standards concerning the human rights field, including ways to enhance them, Kuwait Foreign Ministry Assistant Deputy Talal Al-Mutairi said Monday. Al-Mutairi made his remarks on the sideline of a workshop on the Arab charter and laws regarding human rights, at the Arab League, stressing that Kuwait was one of the first countries to join the Arab charter for human rights, and will submit its first report soon.

Al-Mutairi noted that Kuwait also approved the establishment of a national institute which will be called ‘National Diwan for Human Rights’. “The Diwan will play a huge role in boosting and protecting human rights in Kuwait,” Al-Mutairi said. He added that First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah agreed to have its office work under foreign ministry umbrella. Al-Mutairi said that such approval show Kuwait’s strong commitment to human rights, in addition to compliance with international agreements. The workshop began deliberations earlier today on Arab charter on human rights and its mechanism, including raising awareness on rights and freedoms.

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