BAFRA launches the biosecurity and food safety system

The new system will be implemented from July 2022

The system was developed with the objective to enhance delivery of food safety and biosecurity

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Bhutan Agriculture Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests launches the Bhutan Biosecurity and Food Safety System (BBFSS), an online database system on 27 June. The system was developed with the objective to enhance delivery of food safety and biosecurity services and to enable data capture for evidence-based regulatory decisions.

The system caters to the nineteen services that BAFRAprovides related to import inspection and export certification of food, agriculture and livestock commodities, regulation of domestic food business operators, nurseries, and livestock farms, food handlers’ registration and licensing, feedback and complaint handling, voluntary third-party certification for food, agricultural and livestock products and data capture of inspection and monitoring activities

The authority plans to initiate implementation of food import control system for the prioritized food commodities based on risk through Bhutan Biosecurity and Food Safety System. This will help in regulating the import of sub-standard food commodities and protect market for Bhutanese RNR related products, besides ensuring food safety.

The system will be implemented from this month after providing training to all users including private sector.

BAFRA also launched new website developed through Codex Trust Fund with the intention to enhance accessibility to anyone, anywhere, anytime on information required by clients or users including content improvement.