Food safety

ATI Joins Food Safety Awareness Week

DILIMAN, Quezon City—As part of the Food Safety Core Group of the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) took part in the observance of Food Safety Awareness Week to further create public awareness on food safety standards.

This was also pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 160, series of 1999 declaring the last week of October every year as Food Safety Awareness Week.

During the opening program, DA Secretary William Dar stressed the need for developmental food safety measures.

Free Seminar Highlights Packaging as Key to Food Safety

Farm owner and consultant Luis Bausa serves as resource person during ATI's Free Seminar on Product Pagkaging and Labeling.

QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila—“Avoid eating food products that use colored plastic as packaging,” stressed Luis Bausa of Duran Farm Agribusiness and Training Center and Bausa Integrated Farm during the free seminar on product packaging and labeling.

Colored plastic packaging, Bausa explained, can be dangerous to people’s health as some particles can mix with the food inside.

DA, DOH Assure Safe Consumption of Pork, Pork Products

DILIMAN, Quezon City – To show that pork, and other meat products are safe for public consumption, the Department of Agriculture (DA) conducted a boodle fight featuring various pork-based dishes.

This is despite positive results of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country, following the reported death cases of pigs in Luzon.

Secretaries William Dar of DA, and Francisco Duque of the Department of Health, led the activity, together with different hog industry stakeholders.

Training Highlights Role of Food Safety Officers

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay—To further the implementation of the Food Safety Act of 2013, food safety officers of the Agricultural Training Institute convened for the training of trainers (TOT) on Food Safety Regulations.

Focal persons on food safety and the high value crops development program (HVCDP) from the ATI’s Regional Training Centers participated in this five-day TOT.

Food Safety Officers Craft Modules for Capability-building

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—Key players in the development and coordination of the food safety regulation training program for the Department of Agriculture (DA) sat down for a writeshop to come up with standard modules on food safety.

Food safety focal persons and selected regulatory officers of the DA constituted the core group of module developers. The modules will be used in capability-building and technology dissemination activities for food business operators, food handlers, and the local government units.

Young Farmers Get Guidance on Agri-preneurship

PASAY CITY, Metro Manila—Shaping the mind-set and skills of young Filipino farmers as the new generation of entrepreneurs continues to be an impetus for the training and extension activities of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI).

In its latest capability enhancement activity, 4-H Club members and young farmers nationwide were guided on the basics of entrepreneurship through lectures on financial literacy and record-keeping.

“To be an entrepreneur is to become a problem-solver,” was what the trainees learned from guest speaker Nonong Velasco of Organic Options, Inc.

ATI Today

Extension services continue to evolve. With the challenges that extension workers and farmers face, the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) continues to explore various strategies to improve its efforts as the extension and training arm of the Department of Agriculture. In over 30 years, the ATI has celebrated various successes and learned from the lessons during hard times. Nonetheless, we are proud to be standing the test of time through the support of our partners and the clientele themselves. This is the ATI Today, more committed to bring you extension services beyond boundaries.

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