LINGAYEN---In an effort to safeguard the public from food contamination, the Provincial Tourism Office conducted a one-day seminar on Food Safety and Customer Service with 105 participants which was held at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center here.
Malou Elduayan, tourism chief, said the seminar was designed to help the food vendors acquire knowledge on proper food handling for the safety of the visiting public during the Pangasinan’s Pistay Dayat month-long celebration which runs from April 11 to May 15.
Likewise, the seminar aims to provide the best food handling practices based on existing laws on food safety which include the food handling and preparation, health and hygiene, hand washing, storage, equipment, among others.
With this, Elduayan urged the participants to observe the best food handling practices to keep the public from food-borne illnesses caused by food contamination.
Among the major food-borne diseases considered health-hazards are: salmonellous, hepatitis A, E.Coli, and staphylococcal intoxication.
The one-day seminar covered lectures on food safety, food sanitation, food hygiene, price regulation and customer service.
The resource speakers are Dech1180 P. Libunao and Felicidad Gan from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) along with Juanito Reyes and Jun Avelino of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
A total of 105 vendors will be occupying the uniformed food stalls at the Capitol beachfront including the accredited caterers with a designated area inside the training center.
With more than 100,000 expected visitors, the Pistay Dayat celebration officially started on Friday, April 11 with the opening of Tourism and Trade Expo and Photo Exhibit Competitions at the PDTC.