inspectors and scientific officers on Tuesday began a four-day training on
regulatory procedures for enforcement of the requirements stipulated in the
mandatory regulatory standards, at Sun Beach Hotel in Kotu.
Organised by the Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia (FSQA), the training is funded under a European Union four-year project meant to improve food security and nutrition in The Gambia through food fortification.
The project seeks to contribute to national household food security by strengthening the laws and regulations for food fortification, strengthening public guidance, private and other stakeholders on food fortification that meet FAO/WHO standards and strengthening the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), food technology services and private sector SMEs capacity in adapting and disseminating micronutrient fortified foods.
Director of scientific affairs at FSQA, Bai Dodou Jallow said the food fortification project seeks to address the issue of micronutrient deficiency in food, saying research has shown that there is micronutrient deficiency in some of the food products in The Gambia.
The deficiency in food, he added, is affecting children and women compelling the UN food agency FAO, government and key stakeholder institutions to roll out the food fortification project with critical interventions.
Halimatou Bah, a nutrition officer at FAO said no single entity can address nutrition alone, saying it require multi-sectoral collaboration which is already highlighted by the project implementation strategy.
She said the aim of the project is to improve food security and nutrition in The Gambia such as bio-fortification and food fortification.
Pa Modou Phall, executive director of National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) said the training will build the capacity of participants in the fortification of wheat flour and oil, saying part of the project will also look at the possibility of fortifying rice.