The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a food safety awareness forum and seminar at the Luce Auditorium of Silliman University in Dumaguete City Monday, its press release said.
It was part of the group's advocacy and campaign for the nationwide implementation of Republic Act 10611, or the Food Safety Act of 2013. The half-day seminar forum was attended by more than 300 MSMEs, students, local government officials, sanitary inspectors, barangay workers, NOCCI members, and the local media.
Various speakers and experts on food safety in agriculture, food services, processed food and the booming halal industry shared their knowledge and expertise with the stakeholders in the food sector.
The NOCCI's food safety team also extended assistance to some MSMEs in processing their license to operate and certificate of product registration with the Food and Drug Administration, the press release said.
A memorandum of agreement was also signed between and among NOCCI's partners in the Our Food program of Afos Foundation of Germany. Deitmar Speckmaier, program manager of Afos Our Food program, lauded the NOCCI for the successful hosting of the biggest food safety awareness forum in the Visayas.
Officers and delegates from the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Association of Negros Producers from Bacolod City also attended the seminar forum.
Meanwhile, the NOCCI is a finalist in the 2017 World Chamber Awards Competitions on September 18-21, in Sydney, Australia, the press release added.*
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