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Standards Bureau to create national packaging standard

Nov 16, 2016, 10:55 AM | Article By: Saidou S. Baldeh

The Gambia Standards Bureau has organised a daylong sensitisation workshop on packaging standards at its premises last Thursday.

The forum served as a platform for the participants to have a discussion on the relevance and importance of packaging in the food processing and manufacturing industry.

Speaking on behalf of the director general of the Gambia Standards Bureau, Bai Dodou Jallow said food packaging is very important for it shows the production and expiry date of a product.

Amadou Jallow, a staff of the Gambia Standard Bureau, said packaged foods are better than those that are not packaged.

The workshop was organised as part of a grant the bureau received from the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment to develop key food packaging standards.

The grant was to ensure the development of food packaging standards and make it readily available for use by processors and manufacturers in the food industry.

A technical committee, including different stakeholders in the food packaging industry, was set up and had reviewed a number of standards for adoption as the national standards.

Officials of the bureau said the standards would be put on a 60-day public commenting.

In addition, as part of the ELF support, the bureau is to conduct a nationwide sensitisation on the standards, when completed.