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LEMERY, Batangas – PicGood of Payapa Ibaba Consumers Cooperative guarantees safe and better meat products as it starts to implement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) learned after the DOST-initiated seminar-workshop on GMP, Jan. 29-30.

As the firm deepens its appreciation of food safety as a fundamental part of their processing system, the seminar-workshop fueled an avenue for discussion and gain of knowledge.

Employees who are directly and indirectly involved in the production were engaged in the activity. While the regulation stipulates that a company should have an adequate number of personnel at all levels having knowledge, skill and capabilities relevant to their assigned functions, the workshop taught participants how to execute their duties to yield food-safety compliant food products.

Guidelines on performing particular operations in the production area according to the standards set by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were discussed to the participants. Food safety, GMP, food hazards (biological, chemical, physical and allergens), cross-contamination, personnel hygiene, food contact surface, pest control, good hygiene practices, and food preparation were also covered during the seminar-workshop. Proper handwashing was also demonstrated to the participants using the Glo-Germ Kit.

Several workshop activities were also conducted to provide demonstrations and simulate situations during food preparation. Trained participants evidenced learning through satisfactory demonstration results. Mr. Ellgine Libao and Mr. John Maico Hernandez of PSTC Batangas facilitated the two-day activity.|DOST/Balikas

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