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The Food Safety and Quality Authority conducted a two-day training for food inspectors and its scientific committee on food control, risk assessment and analysis in food safety.

Funded by the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) under the recently launched project operationalization of the Directorates of Food Control and Scientific Affairs of the FSQA.

This preparatory grant from STDF came though the Ministry of Trade following a request made by the National Codex Sanitary Phytosanitary Committee (NCSPC) in 2011.

Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO, are the implementing body of the project and they also provide additional funds for capacity building purposs.

Speaking at the National Nutrition Agency on April 18, Zainab Jallow, deputy director FSQA, said the training is key to the implementation of the Food Safety and Quality Act.

She said participants, drawn from various departments, would be collaborating with the Authority to facilitate the work of her office by giving them adequate training on food control and safety data analysis associated with risk analysis, risks profiling and risk management.

“Risk analysis is a new concept applied to food control systems and is a tool which enables the Authority to prioritize its work and focuses her limited resources to obtain maximum outcomes,” Ms Jallow said.…

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A majority leader of the national assembly has said it is not their role to promise the people roads, schools or hospitals, but admitted that people can challenge National Assembly Members, NAMs, on “bad laws.”

If there is any law that our electorates feel is not appropriate, they should hold us on our necks, said Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, also a member for Serekunda East. We are to be challenge for bad laws.

Wrong signal

He said members who promise to build roads and other facilities for their people are sending a wrong signal.

“If we go on campaign and you tell your electorates that if you vote for me, I will build your roads, schools and hospitals, you are sending wrong signals,” Hon. Jatta said at an adjournment debate on April 10.

He urged members to make best use of the various committees in the national assembly rather than lodge complaints during sessions.

The sessions are not the place to lodge your complaints, lodge your complaints on issues affecting your areas to the various parliamentary committees responsible, he advised.

Minority leader critical but constructive

Jatta said: “We want to acknowledge the minority leader, though he is critical but his criticisms are constructive. It helps us to correct the weakness we may have.

“Those days are gone where opposition parties will not hail anything good about the ruling party.

“Hopefully, we will bring him to our party and we surely hope this fruitful relationship will continue.”…