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As Department of Trade and Industry – Bohol help MSMEs to practice appropriate food safety and hygiene within their premises, a whole day webinar was conducted last October 30 in partnership with SGS Philippines - Food sector using the Microsoft Teams platform.

“We are not sure of how these (meals) are prepared in their kitchens. Imagine the harm that it will do to us if our food processors are not clean enough, not ensuring, not practicing food safety and hygiene. Pandemic or not, there’s a Covid or none, we have to be very careful in preparing and handling of food.” Shared by the DTI Bohol Provincial Director Marisol Laxa- Balistoy who commenced the webinar. Ms. Ma. Teresa “Baby” Tay hosted the webinar and she first introduced Ms. Ellen Mae Bautista, SGS Regional Sales Supervisor – Food VisMin, the resource speaker for the first topic which is Introduction to Food Safety and Microbial Hazards. Ms. Ellen expressed her gratitude in behalf of SGS Philippines for being chosen to conduct the training and for the opportunity to share information to MSMEs of DTI Bohol regarding food safety.

 DTI Bohol

The Introduction to Food Safety Level 1 is a 10-module training for MSMEs to help them protect their businesses through ensuring that the food they are selling are safe to consume and to avoid food poisoning that can lead to a bad publicity in social media. People nowadays are becoming more sensitive in terms of health and safety due to ongoing pandemic that’s why in order to earn the trust and loyalty of consumers, food manufacturers should double their efforts to make sure that proper hygiene and safe food handling are being practiced inside the premises that will also lead to the success of the business.


Course Content:

  • Statement of Policy
  • Introduction to Food Safety
  • Microbiological Hazards
  • Controlling Microbiological Hazards
  • Personal Health and Hygiene
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Safe Handling and Storage of Food
  • Food Safety Law
  • Pest Awareness


On the other hand, the second speaker for the afternoon was Ms. Ysabel “Bea” Ventura, Business Manager for Environment, Health and Safety division. She delivered the topics for module 4 to module 10. There were also some pop-up checkpoints given to the participants about the topics discussed in every module and served as a preparation for the short exam that they took after that training. There were around fifty MSMEs who participated in the webinar.


To know more about the SGS Food Safety Level 1 Training and other Food Safety Solutions Services, please contact:

Ellen Mae Bautista
Agriculture, Food and Life
Regional Sales Supervisor, Food (VisMin)
m: +63 (917) 828 94 17


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