February 8-9, Phuentsholing: About fifty-six BAFRA officials from 20 Dzongkhags attended the workshop on Meat Safety and Animal Bio-security in Phuentsholing. The workshop imparted hands on training to the livestock inspectors on meat quality and safety through ante-mortem and post mortem examination. They also discussed the draft Standards and Guidelines for Safe Retailing of Meat and Meat products in Bhutan and roll out the bio-security and meat inspection checklist to the field office for implementation.
With an advancement in science (biotechnology) and globalisation of trade and climate change, BAFRA staff in the field are confronted with new challenges to deal with constant threat of transboundary movement of livestock and their products and its associated bio-security risk (brucella, leptospira, bovine TB etc.).
Beside biosecurity risk, meat and dairy products fraudulence (adulteration of milk and meat products) is another food safety challenge confronted by BAFRA staff in the field.
Therefore, the workshop was meticulously tailored to suit the need of BAFRA livestock staff in timely updating information, knowledge and skills on meat safety and animal bio-security which is immensely imperative to equip them to deal the challenges effectively.
The workshop was funded by the Rural Development and Climate Change Response Program through EU Budget Support. The last workshop on “Animal Biosecurity & Meat Safety” was conducted in 2012 in Bumthang.
Reported by Karma Loday with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICTD
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