September 5-9, Thimphu: Thirty five BAFRA officials including the officer and base in-charges, and food inspectors from field offices and focal officers from head office attended a five day orientation workshop on Environmental Food Safety Risk Assessment for Licensing of Food Business at Rochog Pel Hotel in Thimphu.
The workshop oriented the field officials in food safety licensing process. They discussed the implementation issues and were familiarised with forms related to licensing process.
The food safety measures such as the inspection of food establishment site to identify and prevent possible food safety hazards from the environment will help in addressing environmental contaminants of public health concerns. BAFRA has developed the GHP/GMP criteria for licensing of food business. However, BAFRA officials have not been adequately trained to implement the licensing process and field officials have come across various implementation issues. The workshop discussed such implementation issues and outlined the way forward for effective implementation of food business licensing process.
The workshop was funded by Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation.
Submitted by BAFRA
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