Bhutanese pri­vate com­pa­nies awarded food safety li­cense

A brew­ery and con­sumer goods com­pany re­ceives recog­ni­tion that grants them ac­cess to in­ter­na­tional mar­ket

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Phuentshol­ing

The Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (BAFRA) awarded Food Safety Li­cense to two Bhutanese pri­vate com­pa­nies, which will now al­low them to sell their prod­ucts out­side Bhutan.

Zim­dra Food Pri­vate Lim­ited in Phuentshol­ing and Nam­gay Ar­ti­sanal Bev­er­ages in Paro were awarded the li­cense in recog­ni­tion of its com­pli­ance with the food safety reg­u­la­tions of BAFRA. This is the first time ever BAFRA has awarded the li­cense to com­pa­nies in Bhutan.

Zim­dra Food Pri­vate Lim­ited that pro­duces juices of var­i­ous fla­vors, fruit drinks and liq­uid milk, is an ISO 22,000:2005 and ISO 9001:2015 cer­ti­fied com­pany in In­te­grated Man­age­ment Sys­tem (IMS). It is the only food com­pany in the coun­try to re­ceive such cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s deputy man­ager of qual­ity con­trol, Jay­deep Dutta, the li­cense will now open the door for in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion of its prod­ucts.

“With this recog­ni­tion, we can now com­pete in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket with re­puted com­pa­nies as well as in­crease our prof­its,” said Jay­deep Dutta.

Jay­deep Dutta also at­trib­uted the recog­ni­tion to the com­pany’s well­main­tained pro­ce­dures of man­u­fac­tur­ing the prod­ucts from the start to end. “Our prod­uct is con­sumed by the peo­ple and we never take it for granted; be­cause of this we re­ceived the cer­tifi­cate,” said Jay­deep Dutta.

He added that other nec­es­sary re­quire­ments for the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in­clude in­fra­struc­tures, man­u­fac­tur­ing process, food han­dling and qual­ity man­age­ment.

Nam­gay Ar­ti­sanal Bev­er­ages, a com­pany that pro­duces beer was es­tab­lished last year. It is the only com­pany in the coun­try that pro­duces six dif­fer­ent fla­vored beers.

The com­pany’s brewer, Swap­nil De­ore, said the recog­ni­tion would help the com­pany ex­plore mar­kets out­side Bhutan. Al­though the com­pany has no ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, Swap­nil De­ore said the li­cense would help the com­pany ap­ply for an ISO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to Swap­nil De­ore, the com­pany plans to ex­port the prod­ucts to In­dian cities such as Kolkatta and As­sam and grad­u­ally move on to Korea and other Asian coun­tries.

“With this cer­tifi­cate, we hope to get more cus­tomers,” he added. It took six months of in­spec­tion by BAFRA for Nam­gay Ar­ti­sanal Bev­er­ages to be awarded the li­cense.

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