Kaniz Fatema Shireen, a Consumer Safety Officer with the Food and Drug Administration, recently traveled to Bangladesh along with a team of high-powered FDA scientists and officials.
The purpose of the week long trip late last month was to train Bangladeshi officials on aquaculture safety and quality control techniques that would help Bangladesh improve its seafood products for both domestic and international markets.
In this interview with VOA Bangla Service Ms. Shireen talks in details about the objectives of such collaborations which is likely to improve the quality of seafood products according to standard required by FDA.
She took this initiative to facilitate the collaborations. Kaniz Fatema Shireen also says that the trip by FDA and other experts from USA was successful because the team was received with enthuasiasm and they were able to train experts and university professors who could, in turn, train others, to ensure quality control.
She says that this is an ongoing program and is likely to be expanded in other fields too but their primary focus is now exclusively on exportable seafood and aquaculture.