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  • Training on Genetically Modified Organism’s (GMO) Food Safety Assessment and Risk Communication held

    23-27 July, Thimphu: The training Program on “GMO Food Safety Assessment and Risk Communication” was organised by Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with Financial and Technical support from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

    With enactment of Bio-safety Act of Bhutan 2015 and Bio-safety Rules and Regulations 2018, BAFRA is mandated to implement and enforce activities related to GMO. While it is understood that biotechnology provides potentially powerful tools for the sustainable development of agriculture, fisheries and forestry, as well as the food industry, there is a concern it may pose potential risks on human and animal health and the environment. As such, this training on GM food safety assessment is essential to assess risks posed by GM food and feed, should there be an import of food/feed derived from GMOs.

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  • 6th meeting of National Food Quality and Safety Commission held

    The meeting in progressJune 28, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) organised 6th National Food Quality and Safety Commission (NFQSC) Meeting under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji. The Food Act of Bhutan 2005 mandates the heads of Department of Public Health, Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Department of Trade, Office of Attorney General, Department of Livestock and Department of Agriculture, Department of Law and Order and BAFRA to be the members to NFQSC.

    Under the Food Act of Bhutan 2005, the NFQSC is an apex body for policy guidance and major decisions relating to Food Safety and Standards of the country.

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  • 5 June 2018: Pedestrians’ Day

    world-environment-day2Tuesday, 5 June 2018: As per the directives of the Government, every year the World Environment Day is observed as Pedestrians’ Day in Bhutan. Therefore, this is to notify all concerned that tomorrow 5 June 2018 is Pedestrians’ Day, when the vehicle traffic is limited in city centres. The exception is given to emergency and public transport.

    – ICTD

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