Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, June 6, 2016

DOST trains SMSEs on safe and sanitary food processing

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, June 6 (PIA) -- To ensure safety and sanitation practices are followed, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Bicol region conducted a “Technology Training on Food Safety and Good Manufacturing Practices” last May 18,  for micro, small and medium enterprises (SMSE) in the food manufacturing industry.

Originally intended for co-operators and applicants of DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrade Program (SETUP), the training was conducted through the department’s Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Albay.

The training was held in Legazpi City, with representatives from 30 SMSE firms in attendance. They learned from DOST’s Bicol Food Safety Team about safety and manufacturing standards in the food industry.

Republic Act number 10611, also known as the “Food Act of 2013”, stipulates pubic protection against food-borne and water-borne illnesses due to unsanitary, unwholesome, misbranded and adulterated foods. In line with this, the training included food safety programs and discussions about the food safety principles and mechanics.

According to DOST, the Food Safety Standard prevent hazards to consumers when adopted. The SMSEs in attendance were advised to have quality raw materials and be equipped with proper preparation, cooking, and storage techniques.

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) were also discussed, giving focus on organization, design and layout of the workplace, inspection of raw materials, sanitation and hygiene in the food industry.  Stressing the GMPs importance, DOST also shared food manufacturing processes such as packaging, storage, transport, and pest management.

As a result of the training, DOST observed better adherence to proper sanitation practices like hand-washing, versus un-ideal doings, whose results were seen and compared under UV light revealing the presence of microbes.

The trainees were also introduced to the OneStore E-Commerce Web Application, to assist as a new selling platform in increasing and expanding their product’s competitiveness and reach. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301465269822/dost-trains-smses-on-safe-and-sanitary-food-processing#sthash.V7HcvfBj.dpuf

No comments:

Post a Comment