“Penalties are graded according to the risk of non-compliance, reflecting the concept of balance between the public interest and the facility’s interest,” the official said
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The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has taken steps to reduce misconduct in the emirate’s agriculture and food production sector by imposing penalties on violators.
There are seven types of administrative penalties.
The first is a notification, for violations that pose a low or moderate risk to public health, food safety, biosecurity or agricultural sustainability, accompanied by inspection records demonstrating a high level of compliance with relevant laws.
Warning penalties apply where low and medium risk violations are recorded and inspection records indicate low or moderate compliance with the relevant laws.
The third level is for facilities to be placed under financial, administrative and technical supervision if the facility is unable to manage production and trade operations in a manner that does not compromise food safety, biosecurity and food safety or agricultural sustainability, or if damage to the facility is found Closing or suspending penalties is detrimental to the health and safety of edible animals and plants.
If the violation results in a high risk with immediate and serious public health implications, the penalty of suspending the facility’s activities applies.
The authorities have the power to temporarily or permanently suspend any service or program it provides to the facility as a penalty for violation of the conditions stipulated in the relevant legislation and to gradually apply previous administrative penalties.
If a facility is unable to manage production and trade operations in a manner that does not pose a hazard to food safety, biosecurity, food safety, or agricultural sustainability, the facility will be subject to a penalty of suspension or revocation of its license within one year from the date of establishment of the facility And after the penalty of placing the facility under supervision or revoking the license.
Finally, the temporary or permanent closure of a facility shall apply if one or more violations, whether of the same category or another, were recorded in a previous administrative sanction that constituted a serious public health and safety violation Penalties do not immediately remove their impact, document confirmed cases of poisoning, or commit high-risk violations.
ADAFSA Director General Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri said the agency’s efforts will promote the development of a sustainable agricultural sector and strengthen Abu Dhabi’s food security and biosecurity systems.
He said: “Implementing administrative penalties for food and agricultural facilities will enable ADAFSA to ensure uniform treatment of all categories of violations. Furthermore, imposing penalties according to the degree of risk of non-compliance reflects the concept of balance between the public interest and the interest of the facility. In addition, they Helps reduce breaches while protecting the interests of all parties.”
He also assured that the resolution would allow authorities to step up physical inspections at all stages of food processing from farm to fork. In addition to monitoring and inspecting agricultural facilities in Abu Dhabi Farms and Livestock Farms (izba). The resolution allows appeals against administrative penalties within 60 days from the date of notification to the complainant, and if no reply is made within 90 days from the date of submission, the complaint is deemed to be accepted.