CCCI x CIDCC: Mainstreaming Food Safety Trainings for Food Service and Food Processing Sectors

A total of 90 participants from the Food Service sector participated in the Basic Food Hygiene Training last April 19, (Wednesday) and 92 participants from the Food Processing sector participated in the 2-day Training on Good Manufacturing Practices held last April 20-21 (Thursday-Friday) at the Bayfront Hotel Cebu-Capitol Site, Cebu City.

The trainings were organized by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the Cebu Investments Development Concierge Center Project in partnership with the Cebu City Local Government.

Ensuring that the highest standards of food safety is critical in meeting the demands of the market and in sustaining the growth of the business, the training is aimed to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and deeper understanding why compliance to food safety standards and regulations is a minimum in the food service industry.

Led by food safety experts from the CCCI Cebu Food Consultancy Group (CFCG), namely Mr. James D. Bondal, Ms. Josie F. Elli, and Ms. Josefina A. Catacutan, the training provided a comprehensive coverage of topics, including Introduction to Food Safety, Food Safety Hazards, GMP Organization, Education & Training, Premises, Equipment, Sanitation & Hygiene, Supervision, Sanitary Facilities, Maintenance & Sanitation, Process Control, Chemical Control, Quality Management, Testing of Reprocessed Product, Testing of Returned Goods, Laboratory Facilities & Control, Documentation, Quality Audits, Warehouse & Distribution, Receiving & Shipping, Recall & Traceability, Retention of Samples, and Subcontracting of Manufacture.

Through the combined lecture-discussion and exercises, participants were able to develop a more inquisitive approach and willingness to work in understanding the implications of non-complainant to food safety and hygiene and to pursue new knowledge in a form of progressive problem-solving. Moreover, the training emphasized the benefits of implementing food safety measures in businesses, which include the production of better quality and safer food products for human consumption.

For more information on these training programs, one may call the CCCI office at (63 32) 232-1421 and look for Ms. Julie Nabong, Jr. and Ms. Karen Joy Autor or email at,, or visit the CCCI website @ and FB page.