DTI Conducts Awareness Seminar on Food Safety
Vol. XVIII No. 7 (Nov. 22-28, 2014)
BAGUIO CITY – Small and medium enterprises, food manufacturers, producers and food service providers among others in the city took part in the recently Philippine Traceability on Food Safety (PTRACE) seminar was conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at the Hotel Supreme.
The PTRACE program is a wide-ranging project that will significantly contribute to efforts of the Philippine government to alleviate poverty and provide employment and livelihood opportunities for the country’s poor.
It aims to organize a structure for the complete documentation of all the stages of production, processing and distribution that food commodities go through to reach the end of consumers.
Highlighting the course is giving emphasis and awareness on the importance of traceability system as well as food safety and the role of government and regulatory agencies.
Committee on market and trade chairperson and councilor Elaine Sembrano stressed that the core of any business is the customer and the central of his well being is protecting his health the way our food products are being promoted to do.
“Food safety cannot be compromised,” said Sembrano.
Accordingly, with the enactment of the Food Safety Act of 2013 (Republic Act 10611), an Act to strengthen the food safety regulatory system in the country to protect consumer health and facilitate market access of local foods and food products, and for other purposes, there is now a legal framework requiring food manufacturers and processors to implement traceability systems./Jho Arranz