24 Sep 2013 08:10
WINDHOEK, 24 SEP (NAMPA) The Namibian Standard Institution (NSI)s Chief Executive Officer Riundja Ali Kaakunga says people are becoming more sensitive to what they consume.
Speaking in the capital on Tuesday at the official opening of a two-day seminar on the ISO 22000 standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Kaakunga said food safety has become a global issue and producers are required to deliver safe products in order to avoid loss of lives and to minimise production costs.
The ISO 22000 international standard specifies the requirements for a food safety management system.
In order to achieve the delivery of safe food products, ISO has develop a standard called the ISO 22000 FSMS (Food Safety Management System), and that is why you are all here today, he said while addressing the seminar.
He called on the participants to, during the seminar, get to grips with the benefits of implementing a food safety management system according to the ISO 22000 standard and equip themselves with the necessary skills.
Kaakunga indicated that this is the third seminar on ISO 22000 to be held in Namibia.
The first awareness raising seminar in this regard was held in Windhoek on 15 and 16 March 2010, while the second seminar took place in Walvis Bay from 19 to 23 August this year.
The main objective of the workshop is to support the dissemination of information on the ISO 22000 standard and help organisations operating in the food chain to understand the benefits of implementing a food safety management system according to the standard, as well as informing them about modern techniques in food safety management.
About 50 representatives of various sectors of the food industry such as restaurants, franchises, hotels, breweries, dairies, and the City of Windhoek, among others, are attending the seminar.