Seminar on Food Safety Challenges in Bangladesh
Food Inspection Workshop - Dhaka
Food Inspection Workshop - Rajshahi
Consultant on foodborne illness surveillance
National Workshop on Building a Food Safety Advocacy Network
Consultant on Training Curriculum for Food Inspection
Seminar on Quality Assurance in Food Testing Laboratories of Bangladesh
Launch of Food Safety Poster
Study Tour on Food Inspection in Malaysia
Consultative meeting on improving the course curriculum for the Sanitary Inspectors
Seminar: Study on Food Legislation in Bangladesh and proposed reform
Promoting Effective Handwashing
Survey of the bakery sector
Refresher Training for Analysts
Seminar on Food Policy
Seminar on Household Food Safety Survey
Launch of the Bangladesh Food Safety Network
Microbiological risk assessment training completed
Minister visits site of National Food Safety Laboratory
Consultative Meeting on Strengthening Food Inspection
Progress with the Bangladesh Food Safety and Quality Policy
Workshop on Chemical and Microbiological Analysis of Food, Kochi, India
Workshop on networking of food analysis laboratories
Training of IPH analysts in heavy metal and pesticide residue detection in foods
Inauguration of the National Food Safety Laboratory, Dhaka
Development of a training module for slaughter house workers
Workshop on Food Safety Communication and Advocacy Plan
Visit of the Honorable Minister of Food, Government of Bangladesh to the NFSL
Workshop on revision of Job Description of Sanitary Inspectors
NFSL awarded best presentation at the 36th Conference of the Bangladesh Chemical Society, Dinajpur
Food Safety Programme is one of the special sponsors of the 9th Bangladesh & 1st SAANSO Scout Jambor
Training Workshop on Enhancing National Codex Capacity in Bangladesh at Spectra Convention Centre
Visit of the Minister of Health and Family Welfare to the National Food Safety Laboratory
Food Safety Programme participates in the 9th Bangladesh & 1st SAANSO Scout Jamboree
Workshop on Commodity Surveys and the Bangladesh Food Safety Laboratory Network
Divisional Workshop on Food Safety Advocacy organized by the Bangladesh Food Safety Network
Workshop on Strategies for prevention of food adulteration in Bangladesh organized by the IPH
Workshop on Outcome mapping of the FAO Food Safety Programme
Seminar on Food Safety Challenges in Bangladesh
The Seminar on the 31st May 2010 at Hotel Sheraton attracted a good cross-section of Government, NGO, and private sector stakeholders.  Professor Dr Syed Modasser Ali (Honourable Adviser to the Prime Minister for Health and Social Welfare) inaugurated the seminar as Chief Guest.  Mr Shaikh Altaf Ali (Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) and Mr Ad Spijkers (FAO Representative) attended the Seminar as Special Guests, and Professor Dr Shah Monir Hossain (Director General, Dir  ...more
Food Inspection Workshop - Dhaka
Food Safety Project in collaboration with the Directorate General of Health Services organized a workshop for key stakeholder's involved in food inspection. The workshop was held from 20-21 July 2010 at the Institute of Public Health. The workshop attracted over 30 participants from a broad cross-section of agencies involved in food inspection activities in Bangladesh. During discussion sessions, participants examined current approaches to food inspection, and evaluated the strengths and  ...more
Food Inspection Workshop - Rajshahi
The two-day workshop on Food Inspection Arrangements in Bangladesh commenced in Rajshahi on the 30th August 2010, supported by the Office of the Director (Health), Rajshahi and the Rajshahi City Corporation. The opening ceremony was attended by the Dr Muhammad Nurul Amin (Director of Health) as the Chief Guest, Mr Deon Mahoney (Chief Technical Advisor) as Special Guest and Dr Muhammad Abul Fazal (Chief Health Officer, Rajshahi City Corporation) as Chairman. The opening session provided a  ...more
Consultant on foodborne illness surveillance
Diarrhoeal disease is one of the major public health problems in Bangladesh. Around 70% of cases are considered either foodborne or waterborne. Unfortunately data on the extent to which food is a significant vehicle is very limited. There is also a lack of data on the commonly implicated foods, or the types of microorganisms concerned, or factors which contribute to illness. Surveillance of foodborne illness will therefore enable health authorities to more accurately determine the followin  ...more
National Workshop on Building a Food Safety Advocacy Network
A landmark meeting of consumer organizations and like-minded NGOs was held from 9-10 November in Dhaka. The meeting explored possible options and approaches for the formation of a food safety advocacy and awareness network in Bangladesh. The workshop was arranged by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) in association with the FAO Food Safety Project. Ms Indrani Thuraisingham, the Head of Consumers International – Kuala Lumpur, facilitated workshop   ...more
Consultant on Training Curriculum for Food Inspection
National oversight of food safety and supervision of food industry practices requires the inputs of a food inspectorate, staffed by competent, properly supervised, and resourced Sanitary Inspectors. A critical element is access to suitably trained personnel to undertake food inspection activities critical. The FAO Food Safety Project has engaged Dr Louise Fielding (Director of Research, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, University of Wales Institute,Cardif) to review current training arrange  ...more
Seminar on Quality Assurance in Food Testing Laboratories of Bangladesh
The main purpose of laboratory testing of food is to confirm its safety and suitability for the consuming public. For government regulators the testing of food is to ensure manufacturers and vendors conform with acceptable levels of hygiene and that the food meets the requirements of food regulations and standards. For the food industry, the laboratory testing of foods is to confirm the effectiveness of their quality assurance activities, and that the food meets microbiological, chemical and phy  ...more
Launch of Food Safety Poster
The FAO Food Safety Project has launched a new food safety educational poster, which uses strong images and visual cues to prompt and encourage mothers and young children to wash their hands properly before preparing food and before eating. Mothers are the main food preparers in Bangladesh households and they play an important role in ensuring clean, safe food is prepared and eaten by the family. The poster launching event was held in Dhaka on 2nd February 2011 at the Lakeshore Hotel. In att  ...more
Study Tour on Food Inspection in Malaysia
The Food Safety Project has organized a study tour for Government officials to examine the way food is inspected in Malaysia. During the tour, participants are examining the institutional setup for food inspection, and approaches to risk-based food inspection. The study tour involves eleven officials representing different Ministries and Agencies involved in food inspection and enforcement. The participants included Mr Mozibur Rahman Fakir, State Minister, MoHFW.  Click here for more de  ...more
Consultative meeting on improving the course curriculum for the Sanitary Inspectors
On 16 March 2011, the Directorate General of Health Service under the leadership of the Director for Medical Education and Health Manpower Development, with technical assistance from the FAO Food Safety Project, conducted a Consultative Meeting on improving the course curriculum for sanitary inspectors in Bangladesh. The meeting discussed the recommendations from the FAO assessment of current training arrangements for sanitary inspectors, including formal and on-the-job training, and agreed o  ...more
Seminar: Study on Food Legislation in Bangladesh and proposed reform
The FAO Food Safety Project hosted a seminar in Dhaka on the 9th April 2011 where the findings of a recently completed study on food legislation in Bangladesh were reported and discussed. The study was undertaken by GFA Consulting Group, Bangladesh under the guidance of the FAO Project Team. The goal of the study was to identify and analyze the effectiveness of current legislation, identify gaps, and determine the need to amend or redraft legislative instruments. The study team pro  ...more
Promoting Effective Handwashing
The FAO Food Safety Project is heading into the field in May to present Orientation Workshops on Food Safety Awareness and Handwashing Poster Dissemination.   The workshops are being held at Chittagong (9 May), Rajshahi (23 May), and Khulna (30 May) with the involvement of the Bureau of Health Education (Dhaka) and WHO Bangladesh. Workshop participants include Junior and Senior Health Education Officers, Sanitary Inspectors, District Public Health Nurses, NGOs and other key stakehold  ...more
Survey of the bakery sector
The FAO Food Safety Project team presented a seminar on 9th June 2011 to inform stakeholders of the results of the recently completed survey of hygiene within the bakery sector. The key goals of the seminar were to: Outline the findings of a survey of 50 small and medium enterprises (SME) in the bakery sector which assessed their compliance with good hygienic practices (GHP) and good manufacturing practices (GMP); and   Consult with members of the SME  ...more
Refresher Training for Analysts
The FAO Food Safety Project commenced an intensive Refresher Training Course for Laboratory Analysts at Dhaka University on 18 June 2011. The course is being organized by the Institute of Chemists and Chemical Technologist, Bangladesh (ICCTB) in collaboration with Department of Chemistry and the Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences (University of Dhaka). The goal of the 4-week training programme is to build the skills and competencies of 10 laboratory analysts assigned to the ne  ...more
Seminar on Food Policy
  The Ministry of the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (MoLGRDC) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) hosted a seminar on Food Safety Policy on the 12th September 2011 at the Hotel Ruposhi Bangla Mr Md. Humayun Kabir, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare attended the seminar as the Chief Guest. The seminar was chaired by Mr Abu Alam Md. Shahid Khan, Secretary, Local Government Division, MoLGRDC. T  ...more
Seminar on Household Food Safety Survey
  The Project hosted a seminar in Dhaka on 27 July 2011 to disseminate the findings of the first national Survey of household food safety and hygiene practices, knowledge and beliefs in Bangladesh. The survey, conducted by the FAO and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) over the past year revealed serious problems regarding poor food safety and hygiene practices of household food preparers when preparing family household meals. The study focused  ...more
Launch of the Bangladesh Food Safety Network
  The Bangladesh Food Safety Network (BFSN) was officially launched on the eve of World Food Day at the ‘Safe Food Festival’ held in Dhaka.  The event attracted a crowd of around 350 people, including farmers from 53 Districts and a strong media presence.  The day long programme included a formal launching ceremony and colourful cultural programme, followed by discussions on safe food, and the airing of farmers’ views.   The inaugural session was graced b  ...more
Microbiological risk assessment training completed
The FAO Food Safety Project Team has recently completed a training programme designed to introduce the methods of microbiological risk assessment into Bangladesh.   Risk assessments provide the basis upon which evidence-based information is provided to risk managers, to inform the drafting of food standards and other risk management tools.   Experts from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) undertook the first phase during October 2011. Dr Duncan Craig and Ms Michelle   ...more
Minister visits site of National Food Safety Laboratory
The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Professor A.F.M. Ruhal Haque visited the Institute of Public Health on 7th December 2011.    During his visit he called in upon the FAO Food Safety Project and had the opportunity to meet project personnel and discuss progress.   The visit enabled the Minister to observe the training-of-trainers programme designed to improve food handling and hygiene practices of street food vendors. He also visited t  ...more
Consultative Meeting on Strengthening Food Inspection
A Consultative Meeting to discuss ways forward in strengthening food inspection was held on the 13th March 2012 in Dhaka. The meeting was organized by the Directorate General of Health Services and attended by about twenty senior officials from DGHS along with officials from FAO Food Safety Project. Professor Dr AFM Saiful Islam, Additional Director General (Admin) and Line Director, In Service Training chaired the meeting. The meeting was facilitated by Professor Dr Shah Monir Hossain, S  ...more
Progress with the Bangladesh Food Safety and Quality Policy
Unsafe food represents a major threat to public health in Bangladesh. Each year, millions of consumers in Bangladesh succumb to foodborne illnesses as a result of consuming unsafe or contaminated food. A Food Safety and Quality Policy is an important requisite as Bangladesh strives to maintain food security and to make advances in public health. A safe and suitable food supply underpins public health and is an essential component of food security. Such a policy will provide a fra  ...more
Workshop on Chemical and Microbiological Analysis of Food, Kochi, India
In order to strengthen food analysis capabilities in Bangladesh, the FAO Food Safety Project is supporting skill and capacity development programmes for laboratory analysts from the Institute of Public Health (IPH) and other key institutions in the country. In 2011, a series of intensive training programmes were held at Dhaka University, the Plasma Plus Application and Research Laboratory, the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST, BCSIR) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal D  ...more
Workshop on networking of food analysis laboratories
The FAO Food Safety Project in Bangladesh undertook a needs and capacity assessment of food analysis laboratories in 2010 and identified the requirement for a central food testing facility. The National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL), housed on refurbished premises within the Institute of Public Health, Mohakhali is presently being commissioned with sophisticated equipment to carry out chemical and microbiological analyses for food contaminants, pathogens and pesticide and drug residues. The need  ...more
Training of IPH analysts in heavy metal and pesticide residue detection in foods
    The FAO Food Safety Project has recently completed refurbishment of 7000 sq. ft. of laboratory space on the premises of the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Mohakhali and is presently commissioning it as the National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL). To develop the necessary technical capacity for this laboratory, analysts assigned by the IPH have been trained both in Bangladesh and abroad through an intensive capacity building programme. As part of this skill and capability enh  ...more
Inauguration of the National Food Safety Laboratory, Dhaka
              The National Food Safety Laboratory of the Government of Bangladesh was inaugurated on October 14, 2012 by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Prof. A. F. M. Ruhal Haque at the premises of the Institute of Public Health (IPH), Mohakhali. Under the project ‘Improving Food Safety, Food Quality and Food Control in Bangladesh’ funded by the European Union and implemented by the Ministry with technical a  ...more
Development of a training module for slaughter house workers
June 4-5, 2013  A two day Expert Working Group Consultation on developing training modules in Good Hygiene Practice (GHP) for slaughter houses was held in the Conference Room of the National Food Safety Laboratory. The consultation was inaugurated by the Director General, Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and the Chief Veterinary Officer of Bangladesh, Dr. Mossadique Hossain. In his opening remarks, he stressed on the importance of modernizing the slaughter house  ...more
Workshop on Food Safety Communication and Advocacy Plan
  April 25, 2013   Increasing consumer awareness of the importance of food safety and good hygiene practices contributes to the reduction of the burden of food-borne illness. This activity is a priority of the FAO Food Safety Programme in Bangladesh. It is. In 2012, the project developed a communication package including posters at each of the 64 district headquarters, leaflets, a video documentary and spots for TV and radio transmission on “Washing and Cleaning  ...more
Visit of the Honorable Minister of Food, Government of Bangladesh to the NFSL
February 19, 2013  The Honorable  Minister for Food, Dr. Abdur Razzak visited the National Food Safety Laboratory at eth Institute of Public Health, Mohakhali on 19 February, 2013. He was accompanied by Mr. Naser Farid, Director General, Food Policy Monitoring Unit. The Ministry of Food is leading the initiative to draft a new legislation called the Food Safety Act, 2013 to set up a Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, a nodal agency to co-ordinate all food safety related activit  ...more
Workshop on revision of Job Description of Sanitary Inspectors
April 25, 2013   Food inspection and enforcement is a vital area of food safety and quality control. In Bangladesh, there are 9 Ministries and their agencies including the Directorate General of Health Services involved in this area. Under the DGHS, nearly 600 Sanitary Inspectors are involved in post-farm gate inspections for all food items across the country except in municipalities and city corporations where this function is performed by inspectors of the Local Government, Rur  ...more
NFSL awarded best presentation at the 36th Conference of the Bangladesh Chemical Society, Dinajpur
1 March 2014, The analysts and technologists of the National Food Safety Laboratory presented their results on determination of pesticide residues and formalin in food items consumed everyday by the Bangladeshi consumer. Pesticide residues were determined by GC and GC-MS. Organo-chlorine and organo-phosphorous compounds in mango juice, pineapple fruit and beans are many times higher than the corresponding European Union standards. Pesticides that are almost universally banned in agriculture by E  ...more
Food Safety Programme is one of the special sponsors of the 9th Bangladesh & 1st SAANSO Scout Jambor
To support the 9th Bangladesh & 1st SAANSO Scout Jamboree, the Food Safety Programme has printed 10,000 special identity cards for the participants. These cards have key food safety messages on the rear and are exceptional keep sake for each of the young participants. Through a Train the Trainer programme, nearly 50 scout leaders were trained in the delivery of these messages at National HQ of Bangladesh Scouts in Dhaka by Rokeya Khanam of the Food Safety Programme. They will transmit the me  ...more
Training Workshop on Enhancing National Codex Capacity in Bangladesh at Spectra Convention Centre
23-24 April, 2014, A two day national training workshop to strengthen activities of the National Codex Committee and the Nactional Codex Contact Point was organized by the Food safety Programme in collaboration with the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI). The participants numbered about 40 and included members of the Codex secretariat located within the BSTI, the NCC, stakeholders from all line ministries involved in food safety such as Agriculture, Health and Family Welfare, Fo  ...more
Visit of the Minister of Health and Family Welfare to the National Food Safety Laboratory
15 April 2014, The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Mohammed Nassim, visited the premises of the National Food Safety Laboratory (NFSL) at the Institute of Public Health, Mohakhali on 15 April 2014. He was accompanied by the Director General, Directorate General of Health Services, Prof. Deen Mohd. Noorul Huq and the Director of the Institute of Public Health, Dr. Subhimol Sinha Chowdhury. The visit was also attended by the DG, Drug Administration and the ADG, DGHS. On this occasion,   ...more
Food Safety Programme participates in the 9th Bangladesh & 1st SAANSO Scout Jamboree
5 - 10 April 2014, The Food Safety Programme reached out to nearly 8,000 Scouts and Guides with food safety messages about the importance of handwashing and the 5 keys for food safety. A special stall displaying posters and materials on good practices developed by the Programme was set up in the village exhibition titled ‘My world, my heritage’. The stall was met with enthusiastic response and thousands of pamphlets and leaflets were distributed on this occasion. In addition, scout v  ...more
Workshop on Commodity Surveys and the Bangladesh Food Safety Laboratory Network
10 June 2014, The Food Safety Programme is providing technical assistance for food sample analysis and research activities at the National Food Safety Laboratory of the Institute of Public Health. Through a limited survey of a basket of food commodities that was prominently highlighted in the national press, indications of the contaminants in food being consumed on a daily basis were obtained. While public awareness is fueled by frequent media reports, the lack of scientific data on specifi  ...more
Divisional Workshop on Food Safety Advocacy organized by the Bangladesh Food Safety Network
30 June 2014, The Bangladesh Food safety Network (BFSN) is an active network of consumer oriented NGOs that is supported by the Food Safety Programme to deliver advocacy and awareness activities targeted at various sections of civil society. To this end, the first divisional workshop was organized by UBINIG, one of the constituents of the BFSN, at Tangail. 57 participants representing the Government, farmers’ organizations, consumer groups, academic institutions, food producers and se  ...more
Workshop on Strategies for prevention of food adulteration in Bangladesh organized by the IPH
3 August 2014, The Institute of Public Health, organized a half day workshop with support from the Food Safety Programme on the pernicious practice of adulteration and the strategies to deal with the menace in Bangladesh. The Director General, Directorate General of Health Services, Prof. Deen Md. Nurul Hoque, was the Chief Guest. Senior officials who attended the workshop included Prof. Mahmudur Rahman, Director, IEDCR and Dr. Md. Shah Nawaz, Director IPHN and Line Director, NNS. Prof, Sha  ...more
Workshop on Outcome mapping of the FAO Food Safety Programme
6 August 2014, The FAO Food Safety Programme organized a one-day workshop to involve all its partners in an outcome mapping exercise. The workshop was facilitated by Geert Rhenbergen, International Consultant on Monitoring and Evaluation from the Netherlands. Nearly 40 participants representing the Government of Bangladesh, international agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector participated in the workshop. John Ryder, Chief Technical Adviser started the proceedings with   ...more
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