Etihad’s catering arm provides meals for people impacted by COVID-19

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Etihad Airport Services Catering (EAS Catering) has announced that it has been commissioned by various government entities, business organisations and community centres, to prepare and provide meals to individuals impacted by the global spread of COVID-19.

One of the few food facilities to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation in the UAE by Emirates National Accreditation System (ENAS), EAS Catering ensures its meals’ high culinary hygiene standards through the laboratory testing of food, water, hands and surfaces.

Andrew Caines, general manager, EAS Catering, said: “The capabilities of EAS Catering’s in-house food laboratory means we have direct oversight on the effectiveness of COVID-19 safety measures. We increased microbiological swabbing of surfaces and hands in order to validate disinfection and hand washing efforts, which are direct indicators of virus viability.”

Since the start of the pandemic, EAS Catering has cooked and delivered over 15,000 meals a day to people self-isolating or under quarantine, frontline medical staff, humanitarian drives and for various businesses across the capital.

It is also delivering amenities and providing a laundry service for Etihad employees living in temporary isolation at Masdar City so as to operate essential freighter and repatriation flights. These include loadmasters, cargo agents, pilots and cabin crew.

In addition, Etihad crew living in company provided accommodation and requiring a meal delivery service are also being catered for free of charge.

As part of its COVID-19 response, EAS Catering said it has implemented a round-the-clock dedicated disinfection team for all high touch points, restricted access of all non-essentials persons to the premises and installed thermal imaging stations at all entrances to ensure employees, visitors and suppliers are screened prior to entry.