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Drugs agency short of border inspectors

21st February 2013
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TFDA Director, Hiiti Sillo

Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) is facing a shortage of inspectors at the country’s borders especially for inspection of imported commodities.

Briefing members of parliament who were on official tour to inspect the performance of the Authority in Mbeya last week, TFDA Director Hiiti Sillo said that his Authority has been facing a number of challenges especially shortage of inspectors at the borders where imported commodities pass through.

He said TFDA has been using inspectors from the councils to inspect the commodities being imported through the borders.

He said TFDA has five main borders for importing commodities that have been inspected by the authority and they are well known by the government.

Sillo said that apart from the shortage of experts, the authority also requests the government and members of parliament to amend the Food and Drugs Act.

He also called upon the government to empower his Authority and provide it with more staff and modern working tools to cope with science and technological changes.

Sillo said the government should come up with laws that will form the Authorities under the East Africa Zone System in order to fight illegal routes of importing commodities.

He said the discrepancy of laws governing TFDA has caused some commodities to be allowed in some countries and restricted in Tanzania.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN