ISAB on Food Safety Holds Inaugural Meeting in Riyadh

Role of ISAB in Food Safety

The International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) for Food Safety convened its first session in Riyadh. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Hisham Al Jadhey, the CEO of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, at the authority’s headquarters, with food safety experts from the UK, Australia, Italy, Ireland, and Korea in attendance.

Role of ISAB in Food Safety

Initially, Dr. Al Jadhey emphasized the board’s crucial role in discussing, advising and providing recommendations for key issues related to food safety. The board’s discussions aim to address scientific assessment of food risks and developing solutions to minimize foodborne illness causes.

Workshops and Discussions

From February 13th to 15th, 2024, ISAB members will engage in workshops covering topics such as food risk assessment and strategies to reduce foodborne illness incidents. Moreover, these discussions are crucial for advancing food safety standards and practices.

Safety Topics and Achievements

Additionally, the meeting highlighted related food safety topics, including international food safety indicators, the authority’s role in contributing to these indicators, in order to enhance food risk communication.


Strategic Plans and Vision

Also, the meeting showcased the accomplishments of the authority’s third strategic plan and outlined the goals, objectives, and projects of its fourth strategic plan (2023 – 2027).

Advisory Board’s Establishment

Consequently, the SFDA established the International Scientific Advisory Board for Food Safety as a consulting arm to provide advice on major safety issues, following best international practices. The board comprises seven experts, specialists, and officials from scientific institutions and centers.


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