Chal­lenges in im­ple­men­ta­tion of food rules & reg­u­la­tions dis­cussed

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The Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (BAFRA) or­ga­nized two days work­shop on chal­lenges in im­ple­men­ta­tion of Food Rules & Reg­u­la­tions in Thim­phu last Wed­nes­day to re­solve the prac­ti­cal dif­fi­cul­ties faced by the reg­u­la­tors while im­ple­ment­ing the food reg­u­la­tions in the field.

Around 40 food reg­u­la­tory & quar­an­tine of­fi­cials from all BAFRA field of­fices and head of­fice at­tended the two day work­shop with fa­cil­i­ta­tions from the BAFRA head of­fice, Thim­phu.

The Food Act of Bhutan 2005 and its Rules & Reg­u­la­tions 2007 are be­ing im­ple­mented by BAFRA field of­fi­cials for en­sur­ing food qual­ity and safety. The need for amend­ment of pro­vi­sions of cer­tain sec­tions of the Food Rules & Reg­u­la­tions 2007 was strongly felt by the BAFRA field of­fi­cials, since they face a lot of prac­ti­cal in­con­ve­niences while im­ple­ment­ing the food reg­u­la­tions in the field. The work­shop is aimed at dis­cussing thor­oughly the pro­vi­sions of the food rules and regulation in con­cur­rence with the field prac­ti­cal­i­ties and cur­rent sit­u­a­tions re­lat­ing to food busi­ness op­er­a­tions in the coun­try.

There­fore, the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the work­shop was to dis­cuss and thrash out all the field is­sues and chal­lenges in im­ple­men­ta­tion of Food Rules and Reg­u­la­tions 2007; thereby im­prov­ing the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness of reg­u­la­tory ser­vice de­liv­er­ies. The re­vised draft regulation, as the out­come of the work­shop will be sub­mit­ted to the Min­istry for en­dorse­ment.

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