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3M Philippines pushes for high food safety standards in PH

Written By Su Hadma on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | 1:10 PM

The foods business in the Philippines stays one of the most vibrant, with new food outlets and an abundance of foodstuff items introduced daily to shoppers across numerous locales and market place types.

But how protected is the foodstuff served in meals stores, specifically individuals that cater to a vast assortment of folks each and every day? Do raw and processed foods endure strict inspection? Are foods security specifications in the place up to par with the world-wide regular? Or is this seemingly foodstuff-preoccupied country lagging considerably powering?

Prof. Silvia Bonardi, Affiliate Professor at the Division of Animal Overall health (Part of Foodstuff Inspection), College of Parma gets a plaque of recognition from Matthew Turner (2nd from proper), 3M Meals Safety South Asia Pacific Technological Support (Supervisor?) at the twelfth 3M Foods Safety Assurance Seminar at Acacia Hotel, Alabang recently as Jun Barnes, Complex Supervisor (still left) and Chris Reyes, Assistant Product sales Manager of 3M Healthcare Food Basic safety Division (appropriate) look on. 3M Healthcare's Foodstuff Security Division showcased its 3M Molecular Detection Technique (3M MDS), its new automatic technology which exams the presence of foodborne pathogens (Salmonella, E.coli O157 includin H7 and Listeria) properly and proficiently in just several hours as an alternative of the standard strategy of 5 to 7 times in the laboratory.
Prof. Silvia Bonardi, Affiliate Professor at the Department of Animal Health (Area of Food Inspection) of University of Parma, was keynote speaker at the 12th 3M Meals Basic safety Assurance Seminar held September three at the Acacia Hotel Manila to tackle foodborne pathogens and how to minimize the chance of meals contamination.

Prof. Bonardi explained the high public health requirements in EU countries that ensured substantial food safety requirements "from farm to fork". EU laws, she explained, was notably tough for meals security exactly where failure to detect contamination may possibly have awful repercussions. She stressed the require for speedy detection of foodborne pathogens to avert epidemic outbreaks, and explained food firms and the regional meals market would benefit from fast detection, more so the general community.

Dr. Supachai Basit, President of the Philippine Culture of Microbiology, Inc. (PSM) recounted incidents when nearby communities contracted waterborne and foodborne diseases brought on by contaminants in meals and beverages. "The provincial authorities of Catanduanes declared a state of calamity in the municipality of Virac final June because of a cholera outbreak whilst hundreds of Laguna citizens had been hospitalized simply because of typhoid fever in 2008," Dr. Basit explained.

Dr. Basit said foodstuff and beverage producing organizations in the country should strictly comply with Great Maufacturing Methods (GMP), to make sure adequate cleansing and sanitation. They should also go through Hazard Investigation and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification to ensure shoppers that the meals they take in is risk-free and clear. He thanked 3M Philippines for continuing to hold foods security seminars to teach people in food production and the foodstuff and beverage market about appropriate foods protection expectations.

3M Philippines Food Basic safety Division in the meantime showcased at the seminar its 3M Molecular Detection System (3M MDS), a speedy detection technique which combines two distinctive technologies isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection to offer the specificity and sensitivity necessary to detect pathogens (Salmonella, E. coli O157 which includes H7 and Listeria).

"The Philippines is one of the nations around the world actively exporting meals stuff, that is why 3M Philippines feels the require to elevate awareness about food protection and guarantee that the Philippines is abreast with and conforms to international requirements," mentioned Grace Laurio, 3M Food Safety Division Head.

"We in 3M believe that everybody has the correct to protected food. Anywhere the meals arrives from, it need to be safe for human use. This food safety seminar is our contribution in uplifting the manufacturing business in the Philippines by means of consciousness of high safety and quality standards in foods processing," Laurio concluded.

Sixty members composed of food technologists, top quality assurance supervisors, foods inspectors, microbiologists and college professors from leading meals manufacturing/processing companies, the National Meat Inspection Services (NMIS) and educational institutions in Luzon attended the seminar.

About 3M: 3M captures the spark of new suggestions and transforms them into countless numbers of ingenious products. Our culture of inventive collaboration inspires a in no way-ending stream of strong technologies that make daily life far better. 3M is the innovation firm that never stops inventing. With $ 30 billion in product sales, 3M employs 84,000 people globally and has functions in much more than 65 nations around the world. For far more data, go to www.3M.com/ph or like 3M.Philippines on Fb for updates.

Get in touch with :

3M Philippines

Angel "Jun" Barnes, Jr. (632) 588-9170 Cell : (0917) 586-7868 E-Mail : jbarnes@mmm.com

Larc&Asset PR

Tessa Jazmines (632) 410-9001 Mobile : (0917) 526-1369 E-Mail : tessa@larcandasset.com

Rowena Tatad (632) 474-6506 Mobile : (0926) 678-7699 E-Mail : owen@larcandasset.com

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