Watch What’s On Your Shopping Cart – Campaign
Recently, the regulators have highlighted the food safety aspects in a new campaign, as mentioned by one of the Staff Reporter of Gulf News. The Abu Dhabi Food and Control Authority (ADFCA) have advised shoppers to clean the handles of the shopping carts before using them.
A study has revealed that shopping trolleys or carts contain more dirt and stains than a public toilet. The ADFCA is making an attempt to bring such risks to the attention and eye of the public through a food safety awareness campaign with particular focus on Ramadan. A senior official told Gulf News that the ADFCA hopes that such a campaign may ultimately prompt retail outlets to provide sanitizer units or tissues for shoppers to wipe the handles of shopping trolleys before using them. There is a movement towards making such an issue practical and create an awareness to the retail outlets to make arrangements in order to keep shopping carts clean to attract the shoppers.
Focus of the campaign
Hidden food risks are the main focus of the campaign, as mentioned by the food safety sector at ADFCA. The campaign aims to raise a public awareness to anticipate the occurrence of food-related illnesses during the fasting month, either through direct contamination of food or lack of hygiene in food-handling areas and devices. Through the campaign, the ADFCA seeks to instill good shopping and consumption habits and draw the attention of consumers to the types of foods that require a good deal of caution and care during their purchase, transportation and storage.
Objective of the campaign
The ultimate objective of the campaign is to make every individual consumer think and act like food safety monitors. This campaign will involve mass media advertisements, alongside the distribution of brochures and other informative material at malls and shopping centers.
Food safety tips:
Separate foods and detergents
Always check expiry dates of food products
Read food labels while buying canned foods
Do not mix meat and vegetables
Do not pick up milk and dairy products at the beginning of shopping
After reaching home:
Put raw foods into the fridge as soon as possible
Do not keep food on the table for two hours or more
Do not keep refrigerated food outside the fridge for long
Do not mix cooked and raw foods