26 June, Thimphu: The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) is organizing a technical workshop for the food inspectors to discuss the proposed imported food program.The proposed program will identify the procedures for applying and issuing an import permit for food. It will also establish procedures for inspecting imported food at the border and for inspecting food importers against Good Importing Practices.
Mr. Karma Dorji, Executive Director, BAFRA expressed to the participants that while preparing these norms, your field experiences must be shared to develop a uniform norm. Ms. Mary Ann Green Consultant for BAFRA further shared that the field experiences shared by the participants will outline the existing system which will be key in developing an integrated risk based imported food program.
The Technical Workshop on Risk based Food Imports is the sixth activity under the FAO-TCP project Strengthening Food Safety and Standards in Bhutan which began in mid-2012.
In addition to several activities that has been carried out, the current FAO-TCP Mission is seeing the development of Food Safety Investigation Manual, Food Recall Guidance Manual, Criteria for Goods Importing Practices, Food Importation into Bhutan and Surveillance and Monitoring Program.
This risk based imported food program will complement the existing domestic food inspection system. The imported food program will be integrated with the requirements for importing livestock and plant products.
The technical workshop will conclude on 28 June 2014.
– Reported by: Tandin Dorji, ICS
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