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Dialogue session shines light on food safety in Brunei

Azlan Othman

A dialogue between the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Brunei Darussalam (NCCIBD) and Brunei Darussalam Food Authority (BDFA) was held yesterday to outline on the role and work scope of BDFA and to listen to feedback relating to food businesses.

BDFA CEO Wong Wai See and NCCIBD Deputy President Malcolm Lim were present. BDFA is a statutory body established as a regulatory and competent authority for food safety and quality in Brunei Darussalam commencing on January 1, 2021.

BDFA’s vision is to ensure that the food products in Brunei Darussalam are safe, clean and of good quality, ultimately ensuring and protecting the consumers’ safety and health.

Thus, BDFA’s mission is to establish a robust food regulatory and safety system in Brunei to support the vision.

The objectives of the establishment of BDFA are to ensure the maximisation of food safety and quality in Brunei Darussalam; to serve as a single point of contact in food related matters by consolidating the existing food related processes; and aims to catalyse the development of the local food industry to achieve international competitiveness.

The role and function of the BDFA is to increase public awareness on food safety; standards and food labelling; and to implement and facilitate training and education for food operators and the public involved in the handling or the supply of food, and minimise the risk of food contamination.

In the dialogue yesterday, BDFA also presented pamphlets on food safety tips when grocery shopping, safety storage and handling of meat and meat products as well as a guide book for retailing of raw meat and meat products.

BDFA CEO Wong Wai See presents pamphlets to NCCIBD Deputy President Malcolm Lim. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN