Poultry plant workers undertake good manufacturing practice

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, April 3 (PIA) — To further promote good health practices, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has conducted a seminar on food safety among workers of a poultry dressing plant in Bauang town.

Anielyn Pai, science research analyst of DOST said, the facilitators wrapped the sanitation guidelines in three “Ps” namely: physical facilities, personnel and processes to help participants understand the modules of the seminar with ease.

The physical facilities include premises, building and equipment of the firm AVP Dressing Plant.

During the training, workers were reminded to make their site free from pollution like smoke, dust, bad odor and other contaminants.

Workers were encouraged to maintain the building with sufficient raw materials, tools and finished products.

“The tools used should be stainless and installed for easy cleaning,” Pai explained.

Proper hand washing, personnel hygiene and personnel training were discussed where they were informed to increase their awareness about food safety to reduce the occurrence of food-borne illnesses among buyers.

Other topics included cleaning and sanitizing, preventing cross contamination and pest control, quality control on raw materials, processes and finish products.

Training facilitators were Science Research Specialist Decth Libunao, Anita Criste, head of regional standard testing laboratory and Engr. Ismael D. Gurtiza, DOST provincial director.

Pai said the seminar was in response to Administrative Orders 208 or Human Foods; current good manufacturing practice (Sanitation) in manufacture, processing, packaging or holding and 153or the revised guidelines on current good manufacturing practice in manufacturing, packing, repacking or holding food. (MCA/MHH-PIA1 La Union with reports from Anielyn Pai/DOST-La Union)

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