ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Nov. 8 (PIA) –Several Rizal-based food companies and members of the Samahan ng Rizalenyo sa Sektor ng Agrikultura at Pagkain (SARAP) were familiarized on good manufacturing practices recently.
Jointly organized by the provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the two-day activity held last Oct. 8-9, acquainted local entrepreneurs on proper hand washing, food handling and food contamination threats.
Resource speaker Jason San Juan of DTI-Rizal said the lectures on the first day focused on the discussions on the importance of proper hand washing and the possible threats of salmonella and e.coli in food processing and preparation.
“On the second day, the discussions zero in on the production side and the practices to avoid in the food industry,” said San Juan, adding that cross contamination is the major point reiterated.
San Juan, said, cross contamination is caused by improper food preparation usually involving salmonella. “Cross contamination is a major source of food poisoning which can be avoided through observance of proper food handling.”
Representatives of Quiang’s Food Corporation, Montealba Producers Cooperative, Sonjo Kitchen, Maflor House of Healthy Food, Crust Magic Pastry Shop, CGV Food Enterprise and Mullberry Hillfarms Enterprise attended the seminar.
DTI-Rizal provincial director Mercy Parreno, DOST-Rizal provincial director Fernando Ablaza and DTI and DOST provincial staff were also in attendance during the entire duration of the activity. (GG-PIA4A)