The Bohol Food Safety Team – a project of the Integrated Technology System & Support Amenities for Food Enterprises (ITS SAFE) – was launched at the Island City Mall Activity Center on July 24, 2008.
The Bohol Food Safety Team will make sure that all can avail of the services for product development, and that when the product gets to the consumer, it is still safe to eat. Food Safety is not only important to tourists since all of us eat. Bohol has an industry where the consumer profile is not only local but international as well.
Bohol Food Safety Team (BFST)- is the 1st Provincial Food Safety Team in the country who has undergone series of rigid trainings conducted by the Department of Science and Technology Region VII Office (DOST-7). The team provides the following training/consultancy services:
MANY WOULD ASK WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR THEM TO UNDERGO TRAININGS ON FOOD SAFETY? – As we all know, a number of food alerts are creating a genuine concern among consumers, the issue of Food Safety and Hygiene has become a primary concern and is the first yardstick by which food businesses are judged by their customers. We have come to realized that there is really a need especially now that tourism have peaked up in the province of Bohol and “food and tourism are closely linked”, that all food processors should undergo trainings on Basic Food Safety, Proper Hygiene and Sanitation, Good Manufacturing/Operations Practices (GMP/GOP) and to Enhance their food packaging as food spoilage is attributed to insufficient packaging, lack of packaging appreciation and non-compliance and absence of food safety and packaging standards.
The other service that the center will offer is the enhancing of product package and label. It enables local food processors to increase productivity and produce hygienic food products.
Well-furnished commissary equipment- to be use as business incubator for the introduction and development of new food products.