If you have a food business, or work in the food processing or catering industry, you are legally required to undertake the Food Handlers training as mandated under Sections 32 to 41 of the Food Rules and Regulations of Bhutan (2007).
BAFRA conducts the Food Handlers’ Training, free of charge, for all people who supervise and/or handle food or food contact surfaces. The trainings are conducted for the food handlers working in processing units, meat shops and as street food vendors.
The trainings are uniformly provided throughout 20 Dzongkhags based on standard training manuals as below, which are also available for download:
- Food handlers training manual for processing units
- Food handlers training manual for street food vendors
- Food handlers training manual for meat shops
Upon successful completion of the training, a food handler is issued with a Food Handlers’ License that is valid for three years. After three years, the food handler then has to undergo Refreshers’ Training and successfully complete it for the renewal of the food handlers’ license.
Any food handler required to undergo the Food Handlers Training or Refreshers’ Training should attend the training at the nearest BAFRA Dzongkhag office with the following:
- Valid medical certificate (Form C of the occupational Health)
- CID copy
- Nu. 100 (nominal card printing cost)