BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 8 (PIA) - - In its goal to ensure food safety standards in the Cordillera, the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) hosted a two - day Trainer's Training Seminar on awareness campaign on food safety at Venus Parkview Hotel here on October 28 and 29.
Attended by 30 food safety trainers from the provincial and selected cities/municipalities veterinary offices in the region, the activity was generally aimed to capacitate food safety advocacy focal person as resource speakers so they can help reduce the burden of food borne illness incidence brought by unsafe food preparation and handling.
The training seminar learning sessions included communication and presentation skills, presentation of food safety module for food handlers and consumers,proper food handling,tips on ensuring safer food, food hazard, cleaning and sanitation, food preservation and storage, and pest control.
The participants were also engaged in group workshops and micro - teaching.
NMIS - CAR Regional Technical Director Dr. Lilia Juliana Fermin, outlined the importance of the activity in strengthening the capacity of local government units (LGUs) to conduct their own food/meat safety seminars and trainings for local meat processors and consumers - down to the household level, in their respective area of responsibility.
Partnership with LGUs is very important not only in ensuring that clean and certified meat products are being sold in local communities but also in strengthening meat processor, handlers, vendors and consumers' awareness on food safety and hazards, Fermin stressed.
On the issue of African Swine Fever among pigs or pork meat, Fermin explained that even though the Food and Drug Administration said that ASF has no ill effect on people, she still calls for a stronger convergence with LGUs and local consumers in ensuring that no ASF - infected swine or any animal with illness or virus will be slaughtered and sold for human consumption.
"Altogether, we must make sure that meat products that are being sold in the market and those reaching our households are clean, safe, properly slaughtered and sanitarily handled," Fermin stressed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)