ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Oct 17 (PIA) — Food producers and processors in Rizal attended the half-day forum on food regulatory compliance on October 11 at the Fitness Room, Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
The Department of Trade and Industry-Rizal Provincial Office, Samahan ng mga Rizaleño sa Sektor ng Agrikultura at Pagkain (Sarap), and the provincial government of Rizal initiated the forum to create awareness among the entrepreneurs the importance of complying to different registration requirements of different governing agencies.
Forty-five attendees from 25 food companies participated in the event.
Resource speakers include Josephine Padilla, food and drug regulatory officer of the Food and Drug Administration; Danton Jose Nilo, plant quarantine inspector of the Bureau of Plant Industry; Mary Ann Macaoay and Anthony Bucad of the Bureau of Animal Industry; and Marites Lorilla of the National Meat Inspection Service.
The speakers presented the processes and requirements needed to comply by food processors and producers and stressed the importance for entrepreneurs to understand and follow the guidelines and procedures for food products in order to provide greater assurance of quality and food safety to all consumers.
An open forum followed the presentation, where participants raised issues and concerns on food registration and compliance.
Cunanan, president of Sarap also introduced the food organization of Rizal during the forum.
DTI Provincial Director Mercedes Parreño reminded the micro, small and medium enterprises to comply on regulatory requirements and challenged food entrepreneurs to be more competitive and innovative. (DTI-Rizal)