Challenges in implementation of food rules & regulations discussed
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.