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The Sharjah Food Safety Program: Implementing innovative best practice to improve public health

Rasha Ahmed Bin Sultan Al‐Qassemi (Department of Health, Environment and Quality Affairs, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim (Quality and Health Education Office, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Basem Azzam (Quality and Health Education Office, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Jerry Taylor (TSI Quality Services, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Dave Shannon (TSI Quality Services, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Publication date: 15 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the latest food safety initiatives for hospitality businesses in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE. It is the fifth paper in a themed issue of Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes presenting international food safety management challenges and solutions.

Design/methodology/approach

The Sharjah Food Safety Program is presented, with a detailed description of the phased, multi‐layered management approach, with progress to date.

Findings

Initial results indicate recognizable improvements in food safety awareness and performance in the businesses.

Practical implications

The paper will be of value to practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders involved in the food industry.

Originality/value

This paper presents an innovative strategy of integrating training, HACCP implementation and verification. It offers governments and other stakeholders a practical “template” that can accelerate HACCP implementation.

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Citation

Ahmed Bin Sultan Al‐Qassemi, R., Ahmed Ibrahim, M., Azzam, B., Taylor, J. and Shannon, D. (2011), "The Sharjah Food Safety Program: Implementing innovative best practice to improve public health", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 3 No. 5, pp. 432-442. https://doi.org/10.1108/17554211111185809

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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