Friday, June 7, 2024

 Food Safety and Quality Goes Digital!

We had a fantastic #WorldFoodSafetyDay with Laguna First, Veeva, and Jollibee!

Together, we're championing the digitalization of food safety and quality management systems. This innovative approach ensures the safety and quality of the food we produce. Thank you to all participants for your commitment to digitalizing food safety and quality management systems.

Here's to a future where safe food and quality is just a click away!

Thursday, February 8, 2024

 Shoutout to the fantastic participants of Century Pacific Agriventures Inc. who joined us for the BRCGS Issue 9 Training last January 24-25, 2024! Your commitment to excellence in food safety is truly inspiring. Let's continue to raise the bar together!

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Urgent Alert to Philippine Sardine Manufacturers in Glass Bottles: Botulism Danger in Home-Preserved Products

In the aftermath of a tragic incident in Bordeaux, France, the global food industry, specifically Philippine sardine manufacturers in glass bottles, is urged to reassess and fortify safety measures in the production of preserved foods, particularly sardines. The incident serves as a poignant reminder of the potential hazards linked to the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

On September 5 to 12, 2023, an outbreak of botulism occurred in a Bordeaux restaurant where patrons consumed sardines preserved in a homemade oil mixture. This event resulted in one fatality and eight hospitalizations, prompting legal action against the restaurant owner, including charges of involuntary homicide, endangering lives, and the sale of corrupt or toxic foodstuffs.

Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium responsible for botulism, is a paralyzing neurotoxin deemed one of the most potent and lethal substances globally. It is commonly found in soil and sediments from various environments, including bodies of water. Flourishing in low-oxygen conditions, such as those found in canned foods, underscores the importance of rigorous safety standards in food manufacturing.

The Bordeaux incident uncovered significant breaches in hygiene rules by the restaurant manager, particularly in the preparation of artisanal preserves sold to customers. Investigations revealed incorrect sterilization techniques in the preparation of canned food, leading to the contamination of sardines with type B Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) and type B Clostridium botulinum.

The consequences for the restaurant owner are severe, ranging from fines to potential imprisonment. The public prosecutor’s office in Bordeaux has requested judicial supervision and a ban on the suspect from engaging in any catering-related activities.

In response to these events, Philippine sardine manufacturers in glass bottles must take immediate and comprehensive action to prevent a similar tragedy. Here are crucial steps that manufacturers should consider:

  • Review and Enhance Safety Protocols: Thoroughly review and enhance food safety protocols, with a specific focus on sterilization techniques in the preparation of canned foods. Ensure that all employees involved in food preservation are well-trained and informed about the risks associated with Clostridium botulinum.

  • Regular Training Programs: Institute regular training programs for employees involved in food preservation techniques. Stay updated on the latest developments in food safety and implement best practices to mitigate risks.

  • Constant Vigilance: Establish a culture of constant vigilance in the manufacturing process. Regularly monitor and evaluate the production line to identify and address any potential deviations from safety standards promptly.

  • Public Awareness: Communicate the importance of proper food handling and preservation techniques to consumers. Provide clear instructions on product labels regarding storage, consumption, and potential risks associated with improperly handled products.

  • Industry Collaboration: Foster collaboration within the sardine manufacturing industry in glass bottles to share best practices, experiences, and lessons learned. By working together, the industry can collectively raise safety standards and prevent future incidents.

The health and safety of consumers must be the top priority for Philippine sardine manufacturers in glass bottles. By taking immediate and decisive action, the industry can protect its reputation and, more importantly, prevent potential harm to consumers.

Monday, November 27, 2023

 Honored and grateful to have been recognized as the 2023 Most Distinguished Alumnus for Food Safety and Quality Management by the UPLB Zoological Society Alumnus Association! It's a testament to the incredible journey since my time at UP and the passion for ensuring food safety. Thank you for this meaningful award!

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Celebrating Success: Century Pacific's Journey to BRCGS Issue 9 Certification

 Excited to Share!

As a Registered BRCGS consultant of this company, I am happy to announce that Century Pacific Agricultural Ventures Inc. has achieved a Grade A certification from Certification Body SGS United Kingdom Ltd., awarded on October 20, 2023. This certification marks a successful transition from BRCGS Issue 8 to Issue 9, highlighting our dedication to upholding the highest industry standards.

Certification: Grade A BRCGS Issue 9 Scope: Processing of various coconut products including coconut water with/without fruit puree, coconut milk/cream, purified water, desiccated coconut, coconut flour, and virgin coconut oil.

This achievement underscores our unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and excellence. Huge congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication. Here's to even more significant accomplishments in the future!

Mastering Food Safety: A Journey with PAFT Beta Chapter

 November 4, 2023 - An incredible day delving into the world of food safety with the inspiring members of the Philippine Association of Food Technologists - Beta Chapter at Dioscoro L. Umali Hall, UPLB. Immensely thankful for this invaluable opportunity!

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Unlocking Allergen Thresholds for Food Safety

Experts from FAO and WHO convened to establish allergen threshold levels, a key aspect of assessing allergen-related risks.

Their mission: Determine safe reference doses (RfD) to minimize allergic reactions without health risks.

RfD Recommendations (mg total protein from allergenic source):

  • Walnut, Cashew, Almond: 1.0
  • Milk, Peanut, Egg, Sesame: 2.0
  • Hazelnut: 3.0
  • Wheat, Fish: 5.0
  • Crustacea: 200

RfD Criteria:

  • <5% probability of symptoms
  • <5% non-severe anaphylaxis
  • <1:100,000 severe anaphylaxis
  • <1 per million risk of fatal reaction

No fatal reactions observed below RfD.

Non-severe anaphylaxis often resolves without treatment.

Controversy: Soya's removal as a global priority allergen due to low prevalence and potency.

Protecting the allergic population, one threshold at a time. #FoodAllergies #AllergenThresholds #FAO #WHO

Friday, September 15, 2023

 Announcement by the Lead Trainer!

I'm very happy to announce that the incredible team from Century Pacific Foods Inc. has successfully completed the Better Process Control School for canned food safety.

Their dedication and hard work have ensured that their canned products meet the highest safety standards.

Here's a glimpse of our accomplished graduates! Join me in celebrating their outstanding achievement.