Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) was established as per the Law No. (2) of 2005 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, to ensure food safety and consumer care as envisioned by the Emirate's wise leadership. In the same year, His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of ADFCA approved the Authority organization structure, becoming a Government entity dedicated to the protection of society by ensuring food safety, guaranteeing the quality of food for human consumption and conducting the necessary research and studies on food.
In 2007, Law No. (5) was issued to empower the Authority to issue decisions, regulations and standards to streamline food items sold or presented for human consumption. Furthermore, based on the Law No. (9) of 2007 pertaining to establishing the Department of Municipal Affairs, all mandates and authorities related to agricultural and animal wealth sectors were shifted to ADFCA.
In 2009, the Farmers' Services Centre was established to offer technical advice and agricultural operational services to farmers. This was followed by the establishment of Food Security Center – Abu Dhabi in 2010 as an initiative of ADFCA to enhance food security in the emirate. The Centre was mandated to ensure sustainable water and food supply, strategic reserve management, develop food security balanced policies and legislation, produce effective food crises and contingency plans, and raise community awareness in regard to household food reserve.
ADFCA consists of the following vital sectors: Strategic and Performance Sector, Control Sector, Corporate Services Sector, Policies and Regulations Sector, Development Sector, Agricultural Affairs Sector, and Animal Wealth Sector.
ADFCA's vision is to become an internationally recognized food and agriculture organization that contributes to the well-being of the community. ADFCA's mission is to develop a sustainable agriculture and food sector that ensures the delivery of safe food to the public and protects the health of animals and plants while promoting sound agricultural and food practices through cohesive and effective policies and regulations, quality standards, research and awareness.
Since its inception, ADFCA has placed a high importance on agricultural support and development programs to achieve sustainability, enhance the effectiveness of biosecurity systems in preventing diseases and pests, and optimize its control over agriculture and food sectors. This is achieved through the constant improvement of government services, research activities and statistical databases collection to achieve agricultural sustainability and food safety.
The Law No. (2) of 2008 with respect to food within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi made Abu Dhabi the first on the national level and among the early few on the regional level in setting the key legislative basis in the area of food safety. The law allowed ADFCA to exchange knowledge and expertise in food safety and agricultural sustainability, promote food and agricultural investment opportunities in the Emirate, and adopt appropriate agricultural and food innovations and technologies within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This ensured the highest standards of food safety in the Emirate by applying the latest standards of agricultural sustainability and food safety.