Facilitating Agro-based SMEs to Implement Food Hygiene and Food Safety Requirements

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9-13 March 2021, Punakha: As part of the EU-Bhutan Trade Support Project, funded by the EU and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) organized a one-day Awareness Workshop on Food Hygiene and Food Safety, followed by four-day Training Workshop on Codex Hygiene Principles and Requirements from 9 to 13 March 2021 at Khuruthang, Punakha.

The awareness workshop was attended by top management or top management representatives of agro-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for selected value chain products such as ginger and turmeric, mushrooms and Yak dairy. Officials from the ITC head quarters in Geneva, WFP Country office, the National Dairy Research and Development Centre under the Department of Livestock, National Post Harvest Centre under the Department of Agriculture, Project Management Unit of the EU-Bhutan Trade Support Project, BAFRA field offices and the head office also participated in the workshop. The Workshop sessions were virtually led by Dr. Namrata Wakhaloo, ITC Food Safety Expert and resource person. The opening session was graced by the Director General of BAFRA.

The Workshops were organized with the objectives to;

  1. enhance the food business’s top management commitment to the production and handling of safe food.
  2. educate on the importance of food hygiene by all personnel in the food business.
  3. enhance the understanding of selected Trainer cum Counselors (TcCs) to guide and support SMEs in an effective way to implement and comply with Codex food hygiene requirements.

Director General, BAFRA with the Workshop participants