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Training workshop on Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House and other biosafety repository tools including FAO GM Foods Platform

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​FAO. 2020. Training Workshop on Bhutan Biosafety Clearing House and  other biosafety repository tools including FAO GM Foods Platform: Technical summary report. Bangkok


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    Training workshop on GM food safety assessment in Bhutan: Using a real case study
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    2019
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    Upon the official request of the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan, a training workshop entitled “Training workshop on GM food safety assessment: Using a real case study” was co-organized by the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 4 – 15 February 2019 in Paro, Bhutan. A total of 12 participants comprising Bhutan Biosafety Technical Working Group (TWG) members or their nominated representatives and BAFRA officials attended the workshop, which was run by an FAO Technical Panel Expert from Food Standards Australia New Zealand assisted by an FAO Food Safety Officer. The International Rice Research Institute had provided its complete regulatory dossier (already submitted formally to several regulatory agencies) on biofortified rice event GR2E (Golden Rice) as an in-kind contribution to FAO, for the express purpose of providing an example of a ‘real’ application for developing countries to work through. Using this dossier, workshop participants were able to meet the objectives of the workshop, which were to provide: 1. An understanding of the various techniques that are used to generate the data for a genetically modified (GM) food application; 2. An appreciation of how to go about assessing the safety data 3. A understanding of the administrative, legal and communication activities associated with handling a GM food application 4. Recommendations for finalizing a guideline and information document for potential applicants. Key words: GM foods; food safety; capacity building
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    Biosafety newsletter January 2020, Vol 2, Issue #1 – ජෛවසුරක්‍ෂිතතා පුවත් හසුන – உயிரியல்பாதுகாப்பு செய்திமடல் 2020
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    The Biosafety newsletter January 2020, Vol 2, Issue #1 contains information about key meetings and activities that took place during the middle through latter part of 2019 in the National Biosafety Project (Implementation of the National Biosafety Framework in Accordance with the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety). The coverage of the 4th issue is dedicated to inform the audience about the progress made in relation to draft guidelines for risk assessment of living modified organisms (LMO) after the inception workshop for the risk assessment guidelines. The newsletter also mentions about the assessment of LMO detection labs, biosafety awareness for undergraduate and school children, development of the biosafety clearing house website, integrating biosafety into the education system, training of the trainers of biosafety resource persons, developing a suitable communication strategy with effective awareness material and awareness of biosafety to the health sector. The newsletter also includes synopses about biosafety in relation to improved food production, insect pest control, artificial intelligence in biosafety and a cartoon depicting the information related to modern biotechnology, LMOs and biosafety.

    2019 වසරේ මැදභාගයේ සිට අවසන් කාල සීමාව තෙක් ජාතික ජෛවසුරක්‍ෂිතතා වැඩ සටහන මගින් පවත්වන ලද වැදගත් රැස්වීම් සහ අනෙකුත් ක්‍රියාකාරකම් ජෛවසුරක්‍ෂිතතා පුවත් හසුනේ සිව්වන වෙළුම මගින් ඉදිරිපත් කරණු ලබයි. මෙම වෙළුමේ ප්‍රධාන අවධානය ජාන විකරණිත ජීවීන්ගේ අවදානම් තක්සේරුව සඳහා මූලික නිර්ණායකයන් සැකසීම සඳහාවූ ආරම්භක වැඩමුළුව හා අදාල තොරතුරු පාඨකයා වෙත ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමය. මෙම වෙළුම ජාන විකරණිත ජීවීන් පරීක්ෂා කිරීම සඳහා පර්යේෂණාගාර ඇගයීමට ලක් කිරීම, ජෛවසුරක්‍ෂිතතාවය පිළිබඳ විශ්ව විද්‍යාල සිසුන් හා පාසැල් දරුදැරියන් දැනුවත් කිරීම, ජෛවසුරක්‍ෂිතතාව සඳහා

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    FAO and Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority national seminar and workshop on food safety culture and food safety indicators pilot project in Bhutan 2019
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    The report presents the proceedings of 1) a high level advocacy seminar on food safety culture for policy decision makers, heads of the technical departments and institutions and food business owners to introduce the concept and garner support for food safety culture; 2) a technical workshop on food safety culture for food professionals aimed at instituting a deeper understanding of food safety culture; and 3) a field trip to the south of Bhutan to understand the current progress with the food safety indicators and traceability work that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have implemented in Bhutan in collaboration with Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority and Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB). FAO, in collaboration with Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF), Royal Government of Bhutan organized it from 19 August to 23 August 2019. Approximately 50 participants comprising senior government officials, top management of various stakeholder organizations, heads of international agencies and development partners attended the high-level seminar, while 60 technical officers working on food production, safety and regulation from government, private food businesses and relevant stakeholders attended the training workshop. The mission concluded that BAFRA/FAO/Food innovators could jointly initiate activities based on the food safety culture concept in Bhutan.

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