| Rokiah Mahmud |
FORTY-FIVE agrifood entrepreneurs and 10 officers from the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood yesterday attended a briefing on ‘Food Safety for SMEs’ at the department’s headquarters in Berakas.
Two topics on food safety were shared including the Status of Food Safety and Hygiene delivered by the Food Health Inspector from the Food Safety and Quality Control Section, Ministry of Health and ‘Best Practice in Food Hygiene’ presented by the Agriculture Chemist from the Unit of Agrifood Services.
The briefing explained about the inspection of food processing procedures that are conducted at various premises such as food stalls, hawkers, restaurants and canteens.
The briefing also shared the statistical status of food premises that have been issued with warning letters regarding their cleanliness and ordered for temporary closure.
In addition the briefing touched on the food samples that are found to be contaminated with bacteria and its possible cause of occurrence and steps that shall be taken in order to avoid the contamination.
The briefing was helpful for the entrepreneurs as it provided a sound understanding on food safety that mostly connected food hygiene, quality, as well as the halal status of the products.
The briefing also aimed at raising awareness and at the same time encouraging the entrepreneurs to ensure cleanliness at all time so that the products are safe and secured and have quality.
The briefing was held as part of the proactive measures taken by the department in ensuring that the products are not contaminated and also as part of the collaborative efforts between the department and the Ministry of Health in assisting the entrepreneurs to ensure food that are locally produced are safe and are of high quality.