They came up with this recommendation while speaking at a conference on food safety and quality
Food safety experts have emphasized on responsible and effective food safety management systems for improving quality of food in the country.
They came up with this recommendation while speaking at a conference on food safety and quality at the International Convention City Bashundhara, held on Thursday.
Land O’Lakes International Development organized the conference with Seishido Communications Limited, India, under the USAID Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) program.
Speaking at the conference, Maksudur Rahman, country director of Land O’Lakes International Development said they had arranged the conference to introduce Bangladesh's food industry stakeholders to the global FSQ standards and set forth their targets to export safe and high quality products.
“FSQ is important for market access and for better and safer food consumption. The F2F FSQ program uses the Global Markets Program and is applicable to every stage of the value chain,” Maksudur added.
Senior Food Safety Advisor of USAID Bangladesh Mission, Mitch Nelson, said ensuring food safety is a "joint responsibility of the public sector, private sector, and the consumers”.
Land O’Lakes Inc USA Senior Quality Leader, Jeff Balousek, and Senior Quality Manager, Evie Severyn, described the objectives of the Global Market Program—to reduce food safety risks by effective food safety management system; reducing costs by improving operational efficiency; capacity building in food safety; and providing a unique international stakeholder platform for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and networking.
They informed about the common risks in the food sector that can be found throughout the supply chain and path for certification according to GFSI Global Market Program protocols.
They also focused on: microbiological cross contamination risks; traceability of risks associated with supplier’s quality; controlling pests; and management responsibilities.
Among others, Abu Hena Md Mostofa Kamal, deputy secretary at the Ministry of Food and Abu Saleh Muhammad Saifullah, field coordinator of the F2F FSQ Program, Bangladesh, were also present at the conference.