DTI La­guna and DOST Calabarzon col­lab­o­rate on food safety stan­dards and ba­sic food han­dling prac­tices

Agriculture - - Contents - BY DANNAH JEAN C. MEN­DOZA

THE DE­PART­MENT OF TRADE AND IN­DUS­TRY, La­guna (DTI-La­guna) re­cently hosted the “Food Safety Stan­dards and Ba­sic Food Han­dling Prac­tices” sem­i­nar with the De­part­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy CALABARZON (DOSTCALABARZON) as its in­vited pre­sen­ter. Over 50 MSMEs who are in­clined in the food ser­vice and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try gath­ered at the Mul­ti­pur­pose Hall of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Los Baños.

With high hopes of ed­u­cat­ing and help­ing the food man­u­fac­tur­ers, Mi­ladie D. Peñaloza-Peñaru­bia, the busi­ness coun­cilor of Negosyo Cen­ter-Los Baños and DTI La­guna, hosted and su­per­vised the pro­gram. The par­tic­i­pants were also en­gaged with fun ac­tiv­i­ties and lec­tures given by Anna Rina B. Evan­ge­lista, science re­search an­a­lyst from DOSTCALABARZON. “Food safety is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Evan­ge­lista said as she im­parted the dif­fer­ent food safety prac­tices through­out her dis­cus­sion.

Mar­ket ven­dors, restau­ra­teurs, and even on­line sell­ers were taught topics re­lated to the po­ten­tial haz­ards to food safety, pathogens and their ef­fects on health, food con­tam­i­na­tion, and safe food han­dling prac­tices. Ac­cord­ing to Evan­ge­lista, the knowl­edge and prac­tices that she dis­cussed are not only ap­pli­ca­ble to the goods they man­u­fac­ture, but also to the food that they pre­pare in their own homes.

Peñaru­bia ex­pressed her delight with the turnout for the sem­i­nar and thanked the par­tic­i­pants, who were sat­is­fied by how the sem­i­nar was con­ducted. Eva­lyn Al­forja, owner of a chili busi­ness in Los Baños, said the sem­i­nar a suc­cess­ful one as she learned ad­di­tional in­ter­est­ing knowl­edge. Jenifer Ramos from Ba­coor, Cavite, also shared that she is now aware of the pos­si­ble risks if ever the pro­duc­tion process was not done prop­erly. Glad of re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive re­marks from the par­tic­i­pants, the of­fices of DTI-La­guna and DOST-CALABARZON look for­ward to con­duct­ing other food safety sem­i­nars in the near fu­ture.

MSME par­tic­i­pants of the Food Safety sem­i­nar do­ing their ac­tiv­ity re­gard­ing cross con­tam­i­na­tion at the Mul­ti­pur­pose Hall of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Los Baños.

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