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Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
Abdullah Saleh Al-Goblan, Saulat Jahan
The objectives of this study were to determine the burden of foodborne illness, and to identify the specific foods and causative organisms responsible for foodborne illness outbreaks in Qassim, Saudi Arabia, during the year 2006. The study is a descriptive analysis of the surveillance data for foodborne illness outbreaks, collected by the Preventive Medicine Department, Primary Health Care Administration, Qassim province. We analyzed the foodborne illness surveillance data for the year 2006, using SPSS-11 statistical package. The distribution of foodborne illnesses was examined in relation to age, sex, nationality, and month of occurrence. In addition, types of food, place of food preparation, and pathogenic agent responsible for the outbreaks were also analyzed. During the year 2006, 31 foodborne illness outbreaks, accounting for 251 cases, were reported. The highest proportion (64.5%) of outbreaks was reported during summer months of June to August. Men constituted 66.9% of the cases, and 68.1% were adults. Salmonella species was the commonest causative agent, followed by Staphylococcus aureus. The majority (68.9%) of the cases got sick after consuming commercially prepared foods. Meat intake caused 67.7% cases, and Middle Eastern meat sandwich was a commonly implicated food. Our study concludes that foodborne illness is an important public health problem in Qassim province. A comprehensive approach is required to assure food safety in commercial food establishments. Health education of the community, food handlers, and food industry workers regarding food and personal hygiene will reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses in Qassim and Saudi Arabia.


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MEFOSA‟s Economic Consultancy: Saudi Export Program

In October 2009, the Saudi Fund for Development held a seminar at the International Lebanese Bank in Achrafieh branch.
The attendees mainly consisted of IBL clients including Mefosa Business Development manager Mr. Nouhad R. Kassar who is
availing the programs deliverables to MEFOSA clients & help them address their financial needs.
The presentation discussed “the Saudi Export Program” which had 3
main objectives including: first, maximizing the competitiveness of Saudi
non-oil exports, second, encouraging the Saudi exporters to discover and
enter new markets through decreasing non payment risks, and finally,
reinforcing technical cooperation, joint financing and reinsurance
arrangements with international and regional institutions in the aim of
improving facilities offered by the program.


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• MEFOSA  covers  the  entire  Middle  East  &  North Africa (MENA) region
• MEFOSA covers all sectors from FARM to FORK
• We  assist  companies  in  building  their  own  safety programs,  providing  them  with  both  services  and

- Audits  and  training  to  national  &  international  food  related  requirements:
GMP, HACCP, third party auditing,…
- Food / Agricultural Traceability programs and software
- Marketing case studies for several regional and international markets


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عدم التغافل عن حاجات المؤسسات الوسطى والصغرى في منطقتنا وباحترام كلي لخصوصياتنا الاجتماعية والثقافية ونوعية العيش المشترك في المنطقة تأميناً لبيئة أسلم
وتفعيلاً لبرامج التنمية المستدامة


 ديناميكية التجارة فيما بين البلدان العربية

الاتحاد العام لغرف التجارة والصناعة والزراعة في الدول العربية ينشر سنوياً نتائج استبيانه حول العراقيل التي تواجه
تطبيق منطقة التجارة الحرة العربية الكبرى، وقد تبين في التقرير رقم 12 والذي قدم إلى المجلس الاقتصادي والاجتماعي لجامعة الدول العربية في شباط فبراير 2005 أن المعوقات
التي تتحكم في التجارة فيما بين الدول العربية لا زالت كثيرة ومنها معوقات بيروقراطية في بلد المنشأ )عراقيل في إجازات الاستيراد، تحويل العملات، تصديقات حكومية، إصدار
شهادات المنشأ، النوبات في المنافذ الجمركية، تأخير في إجراءات التفتيش...الخ( وقد اقترح التقرير مقترحات مختلفة لتشجيع
التجارة البينية، منها مقترحات لتوفير امتيازات تشجيع التجارة البينية، ولإزالة المعوقات، ولاستكمال إجراءات التحرير التجاري، وتفعيل المنطقة وتطوير تكاملها التجاري


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MEFOSA organized an expert meeting to address Economy & Health: The Swine Flue Pandemic case study noting that the complete recommendations are being translated but an English draft is here attached. We were also invited to present a white paper on the topic at the GUCCIA conference on Quality and Food Safety for  the GAFTA region .Read all about it in the coming newsletter.


Moreover we are approaching FAO & WHO for a regional program to support public schools improve their safety & hygiene practices. We need your support as the effort MEFOSA made in these countries in the last quarter was really remarkable and different international agencies are engaging us in regional programs..


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please click here to view the Invitation + Tentative Agenda

please click here to view Prop AH1N1 Invitation Letter

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