50 MSMEs in Calabarzon taught on food handling, safety standards

By Saul Pa-a

May 18, 2018, 8:47 pm

<p><strong>FOOD HANDLING. </strong> The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Calabarzon, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Laguna,  train more than 50 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs on Food Safety Standards and Basic Food Handling Services at the Los Baños multipurpose hall early May. <em>(Photo courtesy of DOST-4a-PARCU)</em></p>

FOOD HANDLING.  The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Calabarzon, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Laguna,  train more than 50 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs on Food Safety Standards and Basic Food Handling Services at the Los Baños multipurpose hall early May. (Photo courtesy of DOST-4a-PARCU)

LOS BAŇOS, Laguna – More than 50 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) from the Calabarzon Region have undertaken the seminar on “Food Safety Standards and Basic Food Handling Practices” at the town hall’s multipurpose hall.

In a report on Friday from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Calabarzon Public Affairs Relations and Communications Unit (PARCU), sasid the DOST regional office here, in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Laguna provincial office, hosted the series of seminars on best practices on food handling and safety.

PARCU said the DOST and DTI invited presenters briefed and trained the MSMEs that are engaged in the food service and manufacturing industry in a bid to avoid food contamination and prepare food products and consumable items from spoilage especially this summer season.

Miladie D. Peñaloza-Peñarubia, business councilor of the DTI Negosyo Center in Los Baños, supervised the program with Anna Rina B. Evangelista, DOST-Calabarzon Science Research Analyst introducing fun activities and group dynamics from the seminar participants.

The seminar, which gathered market vendors, restaurateurs, and even online sellers early this month, tackled various topics on the potential hazards to food safety, pathogens and their effects to health, food contamination, and safe food handling practices.

“Food Safety is a shared responsibility,” Evangelista said as she highlighted various food safety practices during her discussions.

Evangelista said the basic knowledge and practices were not only applicable to the goods these MSMEs manufactured, but also on the food to be prepared at home.

MSMEs expressed their appreciation to the DOST and DTI for hosting the event with Evalyn Alforja, owner of a chili business in Los Baños, admitting to have learned additional knowledge and interesting insights from the seminar.

Jenifer Ramos, a micro-entrepreneur from Bacoor City, Cavite, said she was aware of the possible risks if ever the production process was not done properly.

DTI-Laguna and DOST-Calabarzon officials also look forward to conducting other food safety seminars in the near future.

Similar seminars on food safety were also earlier conducted by the DOST Calabarzon through its Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in Batangas during the first quarter of 2018. (PNA)

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