Ecolab to share food safety & hygiene expertise at SFDA event

Dr. Ludgar Grunwald, Ecolab director of regulatory affairs.
Updated 30 September 2019

Ecolab to share food safety & hygiene expertise at SFDA event

Ecolab Inc., an American global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources, will share its food safety and hygiene expertise at the third Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) exhibition and conference, the largest annual event for food, drug and medical devices in Saudi Arabia. The event runs from Sept. 30 until Oct. 2 at the Riyadh International Conference & Exhibition Center.

Dr. Ludgar Grunwald, Ecolab director of regulatory affairs and an internationally recognized food chemist, will address the SFDA conference on “Ensuring Consumer Protection Through the Application of Sanitizers, Disinfectants and Cleaning Agents from Farm to Fork, Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Their Use.”

“Evaluating the safety of food-related antimicrobial and cleaning chemicals differs across the globe. This makes it challenging for stakeholders to consistently address their safety,” said Dr. Grunwald.

“While food safety management systems, including CODEX, GFSI guidance and FDA regulations are well established, there is a need for joint management of new residue challenges to enable seamless partnerships across industries that satisfy consumer expectations of ‘zero’ risk. The SFDA presentation will illustrate the industry position on the use of sanitizers, disinfectants and cleaning agents and its relationship with microbial resistance.” 

Dr. Grunwald’s address comes as Saudi Arabia’s food service market is forecast to reach $31.6 billion by 2024, growing at a compound average growth rate of 5.9 percent, according to Mordor Intelligence.

Dr. Grunwald added: “The size of market growth is astonishing with as many as 50 hotels planned for Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project alone. But as investment toward tourism continues, so do the fundamentals which can make or break reputations, and international hygiene standards is one of them. Ecolab works to help improve hygiene standards and sanitize equipment used to process, prepare or serve food, as well as detergents and cleansers to sanitize a variety of surfaces. We are ready to help meet the Kingdom’s ambitions and ensure that the best hygiene solutions are implemented wherever they may be needed.”


MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

Updated 27 May 2020

MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

National Geographic, in partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), has aired a new film documenting the UAE’s extraordinary journey into space. The 22-minute eye-gripping documentary, the second in a four-part film series, premiered on May 25 on National Geographic and National Geographic Abu Dhabi.

Capturing the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi, the documentary highlights their dreams and aspirations, which inspired them to follow their ambitions to become astronauts. The film also highlights the hundreds of hours of mental and physical training that enabled them to successfully complete the UAE’s historic mission to reach the International Space Station (ISS).

Celebrating the first Emirati astronaut mission, the National Geographic film depicts Al-Mansoori’s experience of arriving at the ISS and sheds light on his emotional journey back to Earth.

Showcasing how the dreams of a young boy growing up in a small desert town in Liwa turned to reality, the documentary narrates the personal story of Al-Mansoori, who achieved his long-cherished goal of space travel, with sheer grit and determination.

“I have grown up with this dream of reaching the stars and I believe that everyone should look outside at night and dream about space. 

HIGHLIGHT

The documentary charts the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space.

“The night before the launch, I was really busy and could not sleep as I was really excited that I was going to space. Reaching the ISS was the proudest moment of my life and I am extremely proud that I accomplished the mission,” said Al-Mansoori.

Moreover, the film gives unique insights into how the UAE astronaut Al-Neyadi’s experience and special expertise in dealing with cutting-edge technology at the UAE military prepared him toward solving some of the most challenging and complex problems related to space.

“Space is really tough on humans and so I had to undergo a lot of physical training exercises, strengthening my muscles and being well equipped to handle everything as a backup flight crew. The specialized training really helped me in adapting myself to all kinds of environments expected in space,” said Al-Neyadi.

In a riveting and compelling style, the documentary charts the journey of Al-Mansoori and Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space. The film also depicts how the Emirati astronauts trained for emergencies that could potentially endanger their lives and the safety of their mission in space.