DOST trains food handlers on basic food safety

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 12:37 AM    Views : 348by:Jennifer C. Tilos

The resource persons and participants during the seminar for food handlers in La Libertad town. (STG/PIA7-NegOr)

NEGROS ORIENTAL, Feb. 3 (PIA) -- About 50 participants from food manufacturing firms, schools, and the local government unit of La Libertad attended the one-day seminar-workshop on basic food safety for food handlers in the municipality of La Libertad.

Information Officer Sean Guardiano of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the seminar aims to orient local food handlers with the basic food safety they need since they are on the frontline in food preparation.

Organized by DOST Provincial Science & Technology Center (DOST NegOr PSTC), the activity is in in cooperation with the Negros Oriental Food Safety Team (NOFST) led by Gemma Kitane of Silliman University (SU), Geraldine Quiñones of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), and Ruth Ann Entea of SU also served as the resource persons during the seminar.

Kitane talked about food safety, food hygiene, current good manufacturing practices, legal framework, and the emphasis of farm-to-fork principle. 

Also discussed were topics on food hazards, personal hygiene, and prevention of cross-contamination in food.

Guardiano said the resource speakers also focused on understanding the legal basis of food safety, traceability, food allergen, shelf life of products, retention of product sample, and recall program.

"The purpose of this activity is to widen our learning in food safety and preparation. Our work is very critical since we are the direct link from food to consumers. Let us all try to be open minded and incorporate the useful recommendations advised to us," said Kitane.

Kitane and Quiñones are pioneering members of the NOFST, one of the food safety teams in the country.

The team has been involved in numerous food safety trainings, product development, product packaging and labeling, among others. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental)


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