December 14, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) organised the second National Codex Committee (NCC) meeting under the chairmanship of Dasho Rinzin Dorji, the Agriculture and Forests Secretary. The NCC members from the Department of Public Health, Bhutan Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Department of Trade, Thimphu Thromde, Department of Livestock, Department of Agriculture and BAFRA attended the meeting.
Bhutan being one of the member states of Codex Alimentarius Commission, it is obligatory that a country needs to establish a NCC to function as a Technical Advisory Body relating to food standards and other food control matters. Accordingly, Bhutan legalised the establishment of NCC and its roles and responsibilities through Food Act of Bhutan 2005.
The first NCC was held in December 2015 mainly to review the 13 food safety standards. The main objectives of NCC are to review and endorse the Codex Procedural Manual for Bhutan, endorse the proposed food commodities for standard development and to pave way forward for formulation National Food Safety Policy besides other agenda items.
Submitted by BAFRA with Photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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