The Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is embarking on an initiative that will help in delivering a safer world through safe food and clean water. The first of the series of the “Roadshow on Food Safety” seminars will be held on 13 June 2018 in celebration of World Accreditation Day. The seminar will be a regular offering to reach out to more conformity assessment bodies (CABs), food producers, processors, distributors, manufacturers, common consumers and other stakeholders involved in the food chain. It is hoped that through this initiative, PAB can contribute in promoting quality assurance in the food sector that will lead to reduction of food-borne and water-borne illnesses through improved food-safety-related behaviors and practices.
For this initiative, PAB will team up with the Department of Health (DOH) - Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and DTI regional and provincial offices to encourage more players in the food sector to put in place a food safety management system based on ISO/IEC 22000, HACCP and good manufacturing practices in their facilities and to make use of quality testing and inspection as well as instill food safety in the public consciousness.
DOH-FDA is responsible for safeguarding and promoting public health and safety through the enforcement of their standards in order to guarantee the safety, quality, purity, and efficacy of products in the market. It regulates food, drugs, medical device, toys, cosmetics and household or urban hazardous substances. DTI-PAB, as the national accreditation body of the Philippines, promotes trust in conformity assessment system by checking the checkers.
It is expected that the collaboration among these organizations will bring forth effective approaches in addressing the need for a continuous, more structured and efficient programs related to food safety. Finally, because this initiative is a collaborative undertaking of developmental and regulatory agencies to promote general health and consumption of safe and reliable food products, a big turnout is expected from these roadshows. Aside from the WAD 2018 forum, briefing sessions on food safety will be conducted in the Northern Luzon, Central Visayas and Mindanao.