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.