Action to promote food safety

RCSC’s Chairperson Karma Hamu Dorji and the Director General of BAFRA Dr. Tashi Samdrup with women’s hoops for health members                                     

Sonam Penjor

To draw attention and inspire action to promote food safety as every one’s business, the third World Food Safety Day (WFSD) with the theme “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow” was observed on 7 June.

The Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) joined hands with relevant stakeholders on this 3rd WFSD and emphasized that there can be no health, no nutrition and no food security without food safety and that safe food is essential to human health, nutrition and food security.

During the celebrations, in line with this year’s world food safety day theme, BAFRA launched the food safety awareness campaign and collaborative events with relevant partners to commemorate the day.

In partnership with the College of Natural Resources (CNR) in Lobesa, a press release from BAFRA states that the college campus play an important role in building momentum towards a better and safer food system and youth play an important role in creating awareness on food safety for better community engagement.

“The students of Food Science and Technology are the future employees of the food industries and hence have a critical role in promoting food safety in the food industries. Therefore, BAFRA has collaborated with the CNR Food Science and Technology Program to run an online poster and video competition on the importance of codex standards for food trade and consumer protection,” the press release stated.  

The campaign was launched in the first week of May 2021 via digital platform using Facebook.

Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages with CNR Om Katel (PhD) said, “Students can play significant role in educating public and by doing research – testing food products in the laboratory which I think is a bit of a long term approach.” He added the need to raise awareness and testing and sharing the data with research community.

BAFRA also partnered with Royal Civil Service Commission’s (RCSC) Wellbeing Services Division. The press release stated that National Government are critical for ensuring safe and nutritious food for all and civil servants in Bhutan play an important role as agent of change in their homes, offices and community at large.

BAFRA therefore, collaborated with the RCSC’s Wellbeing Services Division to create awareness on food safety in the public sector and foster collaboration among the public health, animal health, and agriculture sector including the private sectors.

Meanwhile, a half-day food safety awareness program was organized jointly by BAFRA and RCSC for the Women’s Hoops for Health Initiative at Chang Basketball Complex on 28 May to publicize food safety as a key to sustaining life and promoting good health.

Food Safety posters, pamphlets and promotional materials were distributed during the event. The outdoor event was jointly graced by RCSC’s Chairperson Karma Hamu Dorji and the Director Generals of BAFRA, RCSC and Ministry of Labour and Human Resources.

To promote safe and nutritious food consumption in Bhutan, BAFRA in collaboration the World Food Program Country Office Bhutan has launched two series of “Zhego Delek’ articles to educate the Bhutanese consumers on Food Safety, Food Quality and Food Adulteration in the weeks leading to the WFSD 2021.

The third series which is a food label literacy video is being rolled out during the WFSD using digital platform through MoAF & BAFRA Websites and BAFRA’s Facebook Page to commemorate the third world food safety day. 

The food label literacy video can be accessed at https://youtu.be/c0z5wR1ypdY.