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  • Training for effective participation in Codex Work held

    15-16 October, Paro: A two-day training for National Codex Committee (NCC) members and the officials of National Codex Contact Point (NCCP) of Bhutan was held from 15-16 August 2019 at Tashi Namgay Resort, Paro. The training was organised by the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, with the main objective to enhance participation of Bhutan to the work of Codex through training of officials of Codex (Bhutan) including, NCC members on the functioning and management of Codex work.
    The training methodology comprised of presentations, plenary discussions, and group works on Codex Alimentarius Commission; Codex Procedural Manual; International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) and International Health Regulations; stepwise Codex process for elaboration of standards, Codex work on methods of analysis and sampling, GMO, linkage between International Plant Protection Convention and Codex; and Codex web tools. Further, a pre-test questionnaire was administered to the participants before the commencement of the training to determine background knowledge on Codex activities. Post-test questionnaire was provided at the end of the two-days training to determine knowledge uptake. A comparative analysis of the result of the pre and post-training evaluation revealed significant improvement in the participants’ knowledge and understanding on the subject matters.
    The participants had the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the main elements of a national food control system and identify gaps and challenges for Bhutan’s national food control system. During the welcome remarks, Dr. Chador Wangdi, Offtg. Director General of BAFRA highlighted on the importance of participation in Codex work to raise awareness on the subjects of national interest so that, international Codex standards become suitable and applicable to Bhutan. He also mentioned that, since Codex standards are the bench mark standard for international food trade, it is very important that Bhutan takes preparatory steps to actively engage in the international standard setting process.
    The training is a part of activities of the Codex Trust Fund (CTF) joint project for Bhutan, India and Nepal with the goal to strengthen the function of National Codex Structures through effective engagement of all stakeholders in Codex activities and standard setting process, improved scientific and technical capacity of national experts to contribute to the scientific basis of Codex and promotion of sub-regional cooperation. It is also a part of follow-up activity to the training for Codex (Bhutan) officials on the functioning and management of Codex work at the Codex Contact Point office in India held from 27 to 31 August 2019 in New Delhi, India.
    -BAFRA

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  • Introduction of Food Safety Culture in Bhutan

    19 – 20 August, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), MoAF, is hosting an Advocacy Seminar on “Food Safety Culture” for Senior Government Officials, top Management of Food Businesses and relevant Stakeholders at Terma Linca Resort & Spa, Thimphu on 19th August 2019. The opening of this Advocacy Seminar is graced by His Excellency Lyonpo Yeshi Penjor, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. This high Level Seminar is being followed by a Technical Workshop on “Food Safety Culture” for food professionals in Bhutan on 20th August 2019. These programs are being organized through financial and technical assistance from the FAO Regional Office for Asia & Pacific (FAO-RAP), Bangkok through its ongoing Food Safety Indictor Pilot Project in the country.

    Around 50 participants consisting mostly of Senior Government Officials of relevant agencies, members of Parliaments,  CEOs/MD of  the private food businesses, head of the developments and international partners (FAO, WHO, WFP), Senior Officials  from the  Security  Forces and monastic institutions  dealing with food supplies are attending the half day Advocacy Seminar. The technical workshop on the following day will be attended by around 60 participants consisting mostly of senior level food professionals from the Government, private food businesses and relevant stakeholders.

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  • Building capacity for better participation in Codex Work

    August 14-16, Paro: Twenty two participants from BAFRA, Department of Revenue and Customs and Food Corporation Limited attended a training workshop on “Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification” at Tashi Namgay Resort. It was facilitated by experts from the Codex Secretariat, WHO and Codex-India.

    The workshop was aimed to strengthen the national codex programme in Bhutan and address some of the gaps identified by using the codex diagnostic tool. The specific objective of the workshop was to strengthen the understanding of codex texts on food import and export inspection and certification systems as developed by the codex committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems (CCFICS), the participation of Bhutan in the work of CCFICS and the inter-country collaboration in the development of common position on codex related issues.

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  • BAFRA observes first World Food Safety Day

    June 7: BAFRA celebrates the first World Food Safety Day, the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2018 to celebrate every year. This International day is an opportunity to strengthen efforts to ensure that the food we eat is safe. Whether one produces, processes, sells, prepares or consumes food, one has a role in keeping it safe. The FAO/WHO and member states recognise that “Everyone has the right to safe, nutritious and sufficient food”.

    BAFRA in collaboration with relevant agencies in the country is celebrating the event by creating awareness on food safety to highlight that everyone involved in the food systems has a part to play. World Food Safety Day messages, posters and aprons were circulated through websites and social media to reach the masses.

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  • Preparing for implementation of Imported Food Control in Bhutan

    3-6 June, Paro: Twenty seven BAFRA officials from field and the entry point offices along with a representative from the Regional Revenue and Customs Office, Paro are attending a training workshop on risk-based inspection and sampling of Imported Food at Metta Resort and Spa. The objective of the training is to orient the participants on the use of risk-based inspection and sampling manual for imported food commodities.

    The training highlights the importance of implementation of food import control system and the need of training BAFRA officials on the manual for uniform implementation throughout the country. The training consists of presentation on principles of risk categorisation of food commodities, risk-based inspection and sampling, individual and group exercise on categorisation of food commodities based on risk and identification of product specification.

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