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Neville Clarke Supports Food Safety Advocacy in AFOS 1st Food Safety Conference

Posted on 24 June 2016

Through the partnership project of Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Germany’s AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation (AFOS), the OURfood Project had successfully pioneered its First Food Safety Conference last June 16-17, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Cebu City.

Bearing the theme “Promoting Food Safety from Farm to Fork”, the conference primarily aimed at giving general knowledge on Food Safety and improving the income situation of micro, small and medium enterprises in the food supply chain through the implementation of a market- oriented training and qualification program. Furthermore, it also endeavors to provide updates on food safety standards in agriculture, food processing, and food service and importance of compliance to food safety standards in relation to market opportunities for the food industry and agriculture.

Around 200 stakeholders, including government agencies and institutions, private sectors, service providers, academe, producers, buyers, and sellers, attended the fruitful event. Participants were absolutely geared up with the vital food safety information as the total of 32 distinguished guest speakers shared their expertise. Thirteen of those guest speakers fulfilled the first day of the event and the rest did their talks on the second day’s concurrent sessions.

Neville Clarke was so honored to be invited to provide one of the speakers in the person of Engr. Alice Belen, Neville Clarke’s very own Technical Manager. Engr. Belen gladly shared her notable expertise in her topic entitled, “Food Safety FSSC 22000 Compliance in the Food Service Industry”.

Below are some of the essential topics discussed during the event:
  • “Overview of importance of food safety in the supply chain and emerging food safety issues”
  • “Challenges to food safety and food loses in rice postharvest value chains and mitigation options”
  • “Different roles of agencies (DA, DOH, LGU, BFAD) concerned and their networks”,
  • “FSMS for food retails businesses”
  • “Success Story about HACCP implementation”
The participants’ target concerns and interests were given significance as the event’s second day activities were divided into concurrent sessions. These sessions were designed in four categories which are Food Safety for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Food Safety at Farm, Food safety – Exporting Companies and Food Service. Each session was facilitated by an assigned session chair.

Mr. Rendell Barcimo, Food Safety and Technology Coordinator (left), Mr. Dietmar Speckmaier, Program Manager AFOS – OURFood (second from the left) with Engr. Alice Belen, Technical Manager – Neville-Clarke Philippines, Inc. (second from the right) and Mr. Niño Salvacion, Business Development Assistant Manager – Neville-Clarke Philippines, Inc.

Neville Clarke was also grateful with the event partners to be given the opportunity to provide information on the training and consultancy services it offers through a booth set-up. Participants who visited the booth were given information, not only with the Food Safety Management System based on ISO 22000:2005 services, but also with the other Management System training and consultancy that could help companies.

The two-day event was absolutely beneficial to food industries, concerned government agencies and other relevant institutions that need awareness on Food Safety and highly advocate Food Safety Standard. And with these endeavor, Neville Clarke would always be a global partner. Neville Clarke will continue to provide effective training and consultancy for the implementation of International Standard on Food Safety Management System.

Neville Clarke’s Business Development Team in Cebu at their booth set-up in AFOS 1st Food Safety Conference