Report: Training Course on Food Safety Management System for SMEs in Food Industry, November 23-27, 2015, Pakistan

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The 5-Day Training Course was sponsored by The National Productivity Office (NPO) of Pakistan in coordination with the Asian Productivity Organization.

The general objective was to develop Food Safety Management (FSM) practitioners with good knowledge of fundamental FSM concepts, principles, tools, techniques and critical success factors for SMEs in the Food Industry.

OBJECTIVES FOR PARTICIPATION

M. Macayan, Kou Fu Color Printing Corp.

Although my company is not a direct food manufacturer, this course is also relevant since we are producing food contact packaging which also implements the same degree of vigilance and care when it comes to Food Safety. Right now, Kou Fu Color Printing Corporation is the first and only BRC IOP Issue 4 certified Paper Packaging Plant in the Philippines. With the additional knowledge that I acquired from this training, I want to offer my services also to other Primary Packaging Plants.

PARTICIPANTS

There were 16 participants from Cambodia (2), Fiji (1), Indonesia (1), Iran (2), Malaysia (1), Mongolia (2), Philippines (2), Sri Lanka (2), Thailand (2) and Vietnam (1) and 6 from Pakistan. The participants are of diverse background, namely: Food manufacturing industries, Services (Testing/Certification), Government Agencies and Academe.

SCOPE, CONTENT, METHODOLOGY

The topics discussed were as follows:

Day 1 – Introduction & Overview of FSMS; Key Concepts in FSMS
Day 2 – Tools, Techniques & Approaches (5S, Kaizen, 7 QC Tools, PDCA)
Day 3 – Implementation and Certification (Generic Approach in establishing FSMS, Project Plan, Auditing, Certification requirements and process)
Day 4 – Food Traceability and Visit to Haleeb Foods
Day 5 – Strategy for achieving food safety in SMEs and Key Success Factors

There were two resource persons (experts) who shared their knowledge to the participants: Mr Yong Kok Seng from Malaysia and Mr Richard Merx from Australia.

The methods used by the experts were 1) presentation and discussion, and 2) Group works. The participants were grouped into 5, according to their backgrounds: Dairy Group; Beverage Group; Meat Processing Group; Technical Services Group; Allied Services Group.

The site visit conducted was to Haleeb Foods, an ISO 22000/ 14001/ 9001 certified Dairy processing plant in the outskirts of Lahore. It is a leading milk processing plant in Pakistan.

Due to tight schedule, there was no country paper presented during the training sessions. We were just given access to the country papers prepared by the participants.

OUTCOMES AND EVALUATION

M. Macayan, Kou Fu Color Printing Corp.

I could say the project made me gain a deeper understanding of the Food Safety Management System applications in food manufacturing environment. I appreciate more the group works and the following presentations since we were able to interact and exchange views with our group mates who came from other countries.

In my opinion, the project met the objective of providing the basic foundation for a food safety practitioner. We were taught, not only the food safety basics, but the other productivity tools such as Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, 5S, and 7 QC tools.

The resource persons are knowledgeable in their fields but the other one, Mr Yong Kok Seng has a very commendable style of teaching and presentation. He is the one person I would recommend for a training such as this one.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND ACTION STEPS

M. Macayan, Kou Fu Color Printing Corp.

One of the highlights of the project was the obstacles the SMEs need to overcome in implementing a sound FSMS. The common denominator for SMEs from all countries seem to be limited funding since one of the basic requirement for an effective FSMS is a good infrastructure, which requires infusion of capital.

One suggestion which came out during the group sessions, is to ask the government to provide incentives to the SMEs in any of the following:

• Tax holiday for the initial phase of the FSMS implementation
• Endorsement to commercial banks so the SME can avail of a low interest loan
• Provide training similar to this course to SMEs

Aside from food safety, there was also a refresher lecture with the other brainstorming tools such as the affinity diagram which I, in turn, plan to use in my company during the upcoming strategic planning session in January 2016.

The participants recommendation to APO is to conduct the advance training course for food safety with basically the same set of participants. By then, each participant could present the application he/she was able to make back in his/ her own country and company.

Back at work, I would be able to share the learnings to my Kou Fu family during the 2016 series of training which will be finalized during the January Strat Planning session.

SUBMITTED BY

MA. AILEEN MAE MACAYAN
Management Representative
Kou Fu Color Printing Corp.
Email: mae_macayan @ yahoo.com

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