Work­shop on Food Safety and Food Borne Con­tam­i­na­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion

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No­vem­ber 2-3, Thim­phu: Of­fi­cials from Live­stock, Health and Food In­spec­tors from across the Dzongkhags at­tended a two day work­shop on “Food Safety In­ves­ti­ga­tion & Food Borne Con­tam­i­na­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tion” at Chu­ni­d­ing Re­sort, Ser­bithang

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for BAFRA, Nam­gay Wangchuk graced the open­ing cer­e­mony. He em­pha­sized in his open­ing re­marks that con­sumers have right to ac­cess safe and suit­able food and its BAFRA’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to make sure of good food hy­giene. He added that it is es­sen­tial to en­sure that the food you and your fam­ily eats is safe as poor hy­giene pro­ce­dures can put you at risk caus­ing food poi­son­ing eas­ily. He fur­ther shared that way back in 201415; BAFRA has come up with two man­u­als on food safety and food borne con­tam­i­na­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion which has been ly­ing dor­mant. He stressed that the food in­spec­tors in­volved in the field needs stronger pro­ce­dures and proper sys­tem in place.

BAFRA has rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of good food hy­gienic and man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices for en­sur­ing the safety and qual­ity of food and the pre­ven­tion of food borne dis­eases ever since its des­ig­na­tion as the na­tional food in­spec­torate in 2003. The man­ual de­vel­oped to lay down a strong foun­da­tion for en­sur­ing food hy­giene and rec­om­mends a pre­ven­tive ap­proach wher­ever pos­si­ble to en­hance food safety. Be­sides, in De­cem­ber 2013, spe­cific cat­e­gories of food han­dlers train­ing man­u­als for food ven­dors, meat han­dlers and those work­ing in food pro­cess­ing es­tab­lish­ments were de­vel­oped and en­sure need based train­ing.

The work­shop was ex­pected to scru­ti­nize and de­velop a spe­cific man­ual with the ob­jec­tives to strengthen the in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity, in­creas­ing their aware­ness lev­els with a view to en­sur­ing the pro­duc­tion, han­dling, stor­age and trans­port of foods with a fo­cus on food safety. It was also ex­pected to help im­prove the knowl­edge gained on suc­cess­ful prac­tices of food safety within the coun­try.

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