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FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY DIVISION (FQSD)

The division is responsible for implementing the Food Act of Bhutan 2005 and to ensure safe and quality food in the country and Biosafety Act of Bhutan 2015 to protect human, animal and environmental health from the unintended effects of GMOs.

The division ensures the manufacture of safe and quality food commodities through implementation of various food safety measures in an effort to facilitate safe food trade. All food businesses are registered with BAFRA for proper coordination of surveillance, monitoring and inspection. The inspections are planned by respective field offices on the risk based approach where the food establishments producing high risk products or have records of failure are inspected more frequently. 

The Food Quality and Safety Division operates through 3 sections and is backed up by the National Food Testing Laboratory through its testing facilities as detailed below;

  1. Domestic Food Regulatory Section

This section is responsible for carrying out inspection and monitoring for sanitation and hygiene of food businesses/units, certification for product quality and safety, conduct food handlers’ training, surveillance and investigation during food related emergencies.

 

  1. Food import/export regulatory section

This section is responsible for implementation of food import control system, export certification, inspection and documentation of food consignments at the port of entry, sample collection, monitoring of imported food, retail, distribution, recall measures, surveillance and investigation during food related emergencies.

 

  1. Biosafety (GMO) section

This Section will be responsible for handling applications for import of GM food/feed, carry out surveillance, manage incidents related to GMO, manage Bhutan BCH for information sharing and coordinate the risk analysis of imported GM food/feed.

as Food Safety Authority.

BAFRA is headed by the Director General and has two divisions: Food Quality and Safety Division (FQSD) and Plant and Animal Biosecurity Division (PABD) and a separate certification services section. Apart from the head office, BAFRA has field offices in 20 Dzongkhags, 8 Dungkhags, 7 Entry Points (Plant and Animal Quarantine Stations) and 3 branch offices including the National Food Testing Laboratory (NFTL) at Yusipang, Thimphu. BAFRA Head Office is located near the Tashichhodzong and within the premises of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests office complex.

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LINKS UNDER BAFRA

1. CODEX (Bhutan)
2. Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House (BBCH)
3. Regulated Plant Pests and Diseases
Database
4. Bhutan Biosecurity and Food Safety
System (BBFSS)
5. Laboratory Information Management
System (LIMS)
6. SPS Portal

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Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Post Box: 1071, 

Thimphu, Bhutan, Tel: +975-02-327031/325790 Fax: +975-02-327032/335540