TFDA, TBS train food inspectors

25Apr 2018
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
TFDA, TBS train food inspectors

THE Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) and the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) have jointly trained more than 60 food inspectors in a bid to protect consumers.

Acting director general of TFDA Agnes Kijo

A two-day training that started yesterday in Dar es Salaam brought together experts from zonal offices, customs offices and the headquarters of the regulatory bodies.

Speaking at the opening of the training acting director general of TFDA Agnes Kijo said the training was aimed at enabling inspectors understand and effectively enforce laws that constitute the two Institutions.

Kijo said it was crucial for the enforcement officers from the two regulators to accustom themselves with the laws under which they work because of the increasing number of unscrupulous business people and manufacturers who are ready to put the health of consumers at risk for profits.

Kijo said the training was part of the implementation of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which TFDA and TBS signed in November 2016 to, among others; provide training to employees, partners and consumers.

"This training intends to empower inspectors so that they effectively undertake their duty," she said.

Kijo noted that inspectors will be able to implement their obligations under the MoU, which includes joint inspection operations.

TBS’s head of certification Agnes Kiwelu said the training was part of regulators’ resolve not only control unwanted products but also build capacity of staff.

In the MoU, Kiwelu said, TFDA and TBS also agreed to prepare guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) on how to address the streamlining of structures and products, and to identify responses to laboratory tests.