DAR Conducts Food-Safety Seminar To Farmer-Beneficiaries In Mindoro

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april 29 1The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Mindoro has recently offered safety lessons and efficient manufacturing and processing of food products to various agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in Oriental Mindoro.

Provincial Marketing Assistance Officer Ester P. Pagilagan said the DAR tapped the services of Sentro sa Pagsusuri, Pagsasanay at Pangangasiwang Pang-Agham at Teknolohiya (SeNtroTek) Corporation to train ARBO on Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Personnel Hygiene to ensure that their products would pass the standards of Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

SeNtroTek earlier conducted plant visits to the processing areas of each organization to check the compliance to the elements of food safety and GMP. It also  did hygiene audit/assessment which serves as the basis for SeNtroTek’s recommendation.
A total of 40 members from 7 ARBOs, with existing products and processing centers, participated in the training. They were:  Bigaan Agrarian Reform Community Organization (BARCO) with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO); Guinobatan ARC Cooperative (GARCCO) with squash and malunggay canton; Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Balatasan (SAMASABALATASAN) with seaweed-based products;

Mahabang Parang ARB Association (MAPARBA) with nata de coco; Matulatula ARC Cooperative (MARCCO) with calamansi concentrate with ginger and honey; Calima Socio-Economic MPC (CASEMPCO) with VCO and Community MPC (CMPC) with rice crispies.

“Every food processing center of ARBOs must be subjected to ocular inspection to ensure that it conforms to the operational standards and is worthy of the FDA’s approval,” Pagilagan said.

SeNtroTek is a company equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. It offers services such as laboratory testing, research and development, training, food safety and hygiene assessment.