Dr Yunes Ramadan Teinaz, Vice Chair of MCB's Food Standards Committee has won The Arabs Group Achievement Award 2012 for the category "Best Arab Scientist who lives in the West".
A Former Head of Environmental Health in the London Borough of Hackney, Dr Teinaz is highly respected and sought after Chartered Environmental Health consultant. Over the last 20 years he has worked tirelessly inspecting, educating, informing, naming and shaming those who play games with the health of the community.
"Dr Yunes Teinaz is a hero of our times", writes Ms Mary Critchley who runs an independent, non-commercial, non-political website for ordinary people who have something to say. â€œHe flatly refuses to be intimidated by the dirty meat merchants who wield the muscle and power to intimidate those who oppose their dangerous crimes against human health. If only there were more like him." Dr Teinaz's work is closely followed and reported on http://www.warmwell.com/dirtymeat.html
A Jubilee Special issue published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) to celebrate 60 years of environmental health contribution to the improvements in public health during Her Majesty's reign describes how Dr Teinaz was heavily involved in suppressing meat crimes. His targets included bush meat, sold in ethnic food markets, unfit 'halal' carcasses, often emaciated and transported warm and illegally slaughtered, unskilled, smoked sheep, known as ''smokies'. Dr Teinaz had a 'price' of Â£100,000 on his head. Concerned about the prevalence of meat crimes, EHN magazine launched a 'Stamp it Out campaign' in 2003.
Citation for the nomination:
Former Head of Environmental Health Dr Teinaz is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner who was Hon Advisor to the London Central Mosque Trust and Islamic Cultural Centre - representing the organization on aspects of food and Halal issues at the Food Standards Agencyâ€™s Muslim Organization Working Group. He has overseen ICC response to FAWCâ€™s report published in 2003 and is Consultant to food businesses, and other agencies such as Advisor to EU Dialrel project that published â€˜recommendations to good animal welfare practices during religious slaughterâ€™. He is a Trustee, The Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development - FORWARD â€“ an African Diaspora women's campaign and support charity (registered in the UK).
Yunes, for years had been at the forefront of a campaign to stamp out the illegal trade food fraud and misdescription of Halal meat in the UK and is a 'Checked' expert witness. He has trained many environmental health officers in the UK dealing with food frauds and crimes of major public health significance, such as the illegal trade in unfit meat, and has many public health publications and his recent one on the E numbers additives from animal origin.
Yunes has investigated many food frauds and illegal meat crimes, and food poisoning incidents, and taken numerous successful enforcement legal actions at the Magistrates and Crown Courts in the UK relating to the illegal meat trade, food frauds and public health safety. He presented papers and presentations at International and national Conferences on Food Safety and Food Fraud, the Illegal Meat Trade, and Halal food meat fraud at the invitation of the House of Common ,Food Standards Agency ,The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra),Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Cardiff University, and local authorities.
Yunes is a widely experienced broadcaster on radio and television, and acts as technical adviser and contributor to television and radio programmes on food safety issues, including ,BBC's Life of Grime , Channel 4 'Dispatches', BBC UK's Worst Restaurant, News night, Al Jazeera, and Radio 4.