Sunday January 09 2022
I wrote – Sherine Salah:
Engineer Ashraf El-Jazairly, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Food Industries in the Federation of Industries, revealed that the Chamber began in coordination with the General Authority for Standardization and Quality in laying the foundations for the issuance of the first Egyptian standard specification for the grade of dates during the coming period.
Al-Jazairly added that a training program is being launched to support food safety within the establishments operating in the dates sector, during the activities of the dates festival, to help member companies meet food safety requirements and raise awareness of the requirements and rules binding for the production of healthy and safe food that can be exported.
The head of the chamber explained that the program to support food safety is implemented by the chamber with the (TAIB) project funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), as part of the efforts made to develop the sector and enhance its competitiveness.
Al-Jazairly pointed out that the partnership between the Chamber and the Authority to prepare a separate specification for the dates of Majdoul comes within the framework of the interest of the state and the government represented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to raise the level of quality of dates and increase the productivity of the promising and strategic high-value, economic and food varieties for Egypt.
The Chairman of the Chamber of Food Industries stressed the importance of constantly updating Egyptian standards to comply with international standards, which is what the Chamber seeks as a representative of the food industrial community, given what the modernization process achieves of high-quality local products that have the ability to penetrate into various local and international markets.
Mahmoud El-Bassiouni, Executive Director of the Chamber of Food Industries, said that light will be shed on the current position of the Egyptian standard for dates and the general framework of the standard specification for the type of Al-Majdool, with the participation of the authority’s representatives, during the technical sessions of the Dates Festival, which will be held in Siwa from 22 and 24 January, under the auspices of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Al-Bassiouni added that during the activities of the dates festival, the first training program dedicated to the dates sector will also be launched, which will include providing technical support for the implementation of the basic requirements of food safety systems, the application of traceability systems, product retrieval and other important topics, in addition to a presentation of technical evidence within the framework of the protocol signed between the Chamber and the project. TAIB.
Egypt produces dates with 18% of the global production volume, and ranks first in the Arab world with a production rate of 24%, according to the statement.
Egypt’s exports of date varieties amounted to about 40 million dollars currently, for a total of 44,000 tons.