Let­ter of un­der­stand­ing (LOU) signed for as­sur­ing qual­ity and safety of food and agri­cul­ture prod­ucts

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Alet­ter of un­der­stand­ing (LOU) was signed be­tween the Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity un­der the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Forests and DNV GL Busi­ness As­sur­ance In­ter­na­tional with its HQ in Mi­lan, Italy last Thurs­day. DNV GL is the prom­i­nent in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body with the main ex­per­tise in tech­ni­cal as­sess­ment, ad­vi­sory and risk anal­y­sis for qual­ity and safety of prod­ucts and ser­vices over a wide range of dis­ci­plines.

The main ob­jec­tive of sign­ing LOU is to help strengthen the pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity of BAFRA; through knowl­edge shar­ing, train­ing, as­sess- ments, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and de­vel­op­ments in its core do­mains of“Biose­cu­rity and Food Safety” to safe­guard the farm­ing sys­tem and pro­tect con­sumers’ health. This Un­der­stand­ing signed would es­sen­tially help pro­mote the Bhutanese Food Busi­ness Op­er­a­tors for im­ple­men­ta­tion of ISO 22000:2005 – Food Safety Man­age­ment Sys­tem (FSMS) to as­sure the qual­ity and safety of food and agri­cul­ture prod­ucts for en­hanc­ing mar­ket ac­cess and trade fa­cil­i­ta­tion.

The del­e­ga­tion also met Chen­cho Norbu, Sec­re­tary of Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Com­mis­sion and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers (CEOs)/Se­nior Man­agers of Ho­tels & Com­pa­nies based in Phuentshol­ing, Thim­phu and Paro. Later in the evening, the CEO of DNV GL awarded cer­tifi­cates to nine BAFRA of­fi­cials who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the ISO 22000:2005 – FSMS Lead Au­di­torCourse (IRCA ap­proved) con­ducted from May 3 – 7, 2016.

The sec­re­tary of min­istry of agri­cul­ture and forests Ten­zin Dhendup graced the sign­ing of the LOU.

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