Improving food safety in Bangladesh



Title: Improving Food Safety in Bangladesh

Donor: Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Code: GCP/BGD/047/NET

UN Agency: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO-UN)

GoB Agency: Directorate General of Health Services(DGHS)

Government Sponsoring Ministry: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Start date: July 1 2012

End date: December 31 2018

Programme Goal

The overall goal of the Programme is an efficient and well-functioning food safety control system in Bangladesh that leads to improved public health and enhanced trade in food commodities. The Impact of this programme would be to further strengthen food security through improved food safety and reduced incidence of food-borne illness within the population and strengthened stakeholder involvement and coordination leading to enhanced trade in selected food commodities (e.g. fish and fish products and fruits and vegetables). The programme will also lead to improving consumer health in Bangladesh through reduced incidence of food-borne illness within the population. This programme will provide opportunities to further extend and /or build on the achievement that developed through the present food safety programme.

The Programme will contribute to the Government of Bangladesh’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2005), Sixth Five Year Plan (2011 to 2015), Country Investment Plan and National Food Policy and its Plan of Action. The Programme will also contribute to the Development Cooperation Strategy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh (EKN) in its focus on “increasing food security for the most food insecure households by enabling them to get access to sufficient, balanced (and safe) food throughout the year on the basis of strengthened livelihoods” and “contributing to implementation of Bangladesh’s new Health Population Nutrition Sector Development Plan”.

The outcome of the Programme is stronger food safety and quality control in Bangladesh across selected food chains resulting in increased confidence in food supply. Moreover, the Programme would result in an increased visibility of food safety-related matters, so that preventative measures can be instigated at all levels of Government, and an increase capacity to deal with food safety and quality issues across selected food chains in Bangladesh. In this context, the Programme would provide opportunities for the further expansion and/or continuation of the achievement that have been developed through the earlier European Commission-funded and FAO-implemented programme, “Improving Food Safety, Quality and Food Control in Bangladesh” (2009 to 2012).


The outcome of the Programme is stronger food safety and quality control in Bangladesh across the food chain resulting in increased confidence in the food supply and enhanced trade in food commodities. 

  • Coherent National food safety policies and strategies.
  • Risk-based food control programmes addressing the entire food supply chain.
  • Standards formulation based on risk analysis and movement towards a single standard approach
  • Preventative approaches to food safety and quality management articulated through strengthened and enhanced training and educational materials for small- and medium-scale food businesses.
  • Innovative public education initiatives addressing food safety, with a special focus on rural populations and school children.
  • Food inspection and enforcement services strengthened through the development and implementation of risk-based inspection programmes, executed by properly trained, resourced and supervised inspectors.
  • Enhanced food analysis capability and capacity through the creation of a group of trained analysts with access to appropriate analytical equipment, consumables and methodology.