26 enterprisers undergo seminar on lab analysis
Tabuk City, Kalinga (19 June) -- Putting the safety of consumers first in business, 26 micro and small enterprisers underwent recently an awareness seminar on laboratory analysis for the food and beverages processing.
Provincial Science and Technology Officer Alfonso Berto said that 13 processors of fruit wine and vinegar, veggie noodles and flour, coffee and cacao participated to learn the importance of analyzing the contents of what they are selling.
"They must not gamble on the safety of their clients just to earn profit. The safety of their consumers is of paramount importance since what they are producing are being taken in by humans and we want them to be sure that what they produce are safe for consumption," Berto said.
He added that what leads an enterprise to prosper is the satisfaction level of consumers thereby continuing patronizing the business because they passed laboratory analysis and are produced according to standards.
"Before any food product is registered with the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), it must undergo laboratory analysis at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL)," Berto stressed.
During the seminar jointly sponsored by DOST-Kalinga and the Kalinga-APayao State College (KASC), Jasmine Donaal of DOST-CAR discussed basic food safety and laboratory analysis test while Norfredo Dulay of KASC talked on marketing strategies and updates.
For fruit wine and vinegar products, microbiological and alcohol content analysis is needed; veggie noodles and flour needs microbiological and nutritional facts laboratory analysis; coffee and cacao also needs microbiological, ash and moisture testing.
There are a lot of parameters subjected for physico-chemical and microbiological analysis before passing the standard. Laboratory fee ranges from P150.00 to P2,000.00 per test. (PIA) [top]