For the eighth consecutive year, five students from the Higher Diploma Food Inspection program of Abu Dhabi Men’s College (ADMC) and the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Traing (CERT) participated in a two-week Meat Inspection Study Program during June in Adelaide, South Australia.
This program, sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) in conjunction with Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Regency institute, provided students with an understanding of the Australian Meat Safety and Quality Assurance Systems which ensures meat is properly inspected, safe, accurately described and meets consumer expectations.
Students learned about:
- quality assurance systems which control safe red meat production
- ways to ensure hygienic production of red meat
- ante-mortem inspection requirements and methods used for early detection of diseases and conditions in live animals
- post-mortem inspection procedures used to detect diseases that affect the wholesomeness of meat
- the role of health officers in the food retail industry
- different microbiological methods used in food examination.
“The experience and knowledge I gained about international standards and regulations in a short time were equivalent to a year of schooling,” student Mohammed Abdul Latif Al Hamadi said.
According to student Aboud Ahmed Aboud Al Berik, “The trip was full of training experiences and examples of how to serve the community which I will put to great use after I graduate”.
At the conclusion of the program, students received certificates of achievement at a dinner attended by senior representatives of MLA, Regency TAFE, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, the South Australian Government and local industries.
The HCT’s Higher Diploma program in Food Inspection is designed to prepare UAE Nationals for the Food and Environmental Control Center (FECC). Studies focus on meat and meat inspection, quality assurance, and laws and regulations that will equip the graduate with the knowledge, skills and competencies to function at higher and more specialized levels.