A TOTAL of 194 food handlers in the Carbon Market have undergone basic training on food handling, safety and hygiene conducted by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The two-day training under the guidance of the Cebu Investments Development Concierge Project of the Cebu City Local Government took place at the interim building of the Carbon Market Complex from Jan. 27 to 28, 2023.

Food expert

CCCI tapped its Cebu Food Consultancy Group food expert member Josie Elli to share her expertise on the importance and benefits of implementing food safety in the food business of 132 meat vendors and 62 food shops, locally known as “carenderias.”

The combined lecture-discussion and exercises include an introduction to food safety, food safety hazards and food hygiene.

A food handler is anyone who works in the food business and who touches food or surfaces that are likely to be in contact with food such as cutlery, plates and bowls. He or she may do many different things for a food business such as cooking, preparing, serving, packing, displaying and storing food.

Food handlers can also be involved in manufacturing, producing, collecting, extracting, processing, transporting, delivering, thawing or preserving food.

CCCI said it saw the need to upskill the vendors so they could take advantage of the opportunities before them, particularly in the food industry, and help micro, small and medium enterprises, cooperatives and people organizations accelerate the rebuilding of their livelihoods, bounce back and grow from the disruptions in the last three years. (with PR)