One of the biggest battles faced when it comes to healthy eating is actually being aware of what is inside your food.

How much natural sugars does it contain? Are there any pesticides? How fresh is it really? The list is endless.

However, determined to ensure UAE residents live healthier lifestyles – remember the obesity rate in the UAE is double the world average – Dubai Municipality is developing a savvy new app that will help consumers monitor their own food commodities and Halal products.

The app –DM Smart Traceability Solution – will be downloadable on iOS and Android and will act as a smart inspection system with track and trace technology that check the authenticity of goods and reveal whether they conform to standards of certification.

Once downloaded the app will be easy to use. All consumers will need to do is scan the goods and the relevant product information will appear, along with warnings of  potential violations.

Unfortunately the app won’t be available for another six months but the mere planning of the app is a positive sign of how the UAE is thinking differently toward healthy eating.

The initial application phase will focus on water bottles and Halal products and will then include packaged foods and even cosmetics.


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According to Dubai Media Office: “Smart track and trace technology, called SICPATRACE, guarantees the authenticity of goods as well as their conformity to standards of certification and accreditation. The smart labels used for tracking functions can be applied to a large variety of products such as packaged foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, dairy products and food supplements.”

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the Dubai Municipality, said the initial application phase will target five-gallon water bottles in 35 companies in Dubai.

“Through this solution we will be able to trace bottled water and monitor the safety of both the container and the contents by means of smart labelling and laser engraving,” he said. “This method will enable us to know how many times the bottle has been used and analyse different testing parameters for the water.”

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