He encouraged the participants to share their relevant key challenges at work and actively interact with the experts and their peers throughout the training program.
As part of the training requirement, participants were requested to develop action plans that will allow them to apply the knowledge and skill gained from the training. A total of 17 group and individual action plans were developed, mostly about raising awareness on the safe use of food additives through localized training programs, developing guidelines, and incorporating the topic into existing food-related courses in universities. Some participants opted to test and apply additives that can improve the color or texture of products or prolong the product’s shelf-life.
Funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, this training program was organized under the Mekong Institute Food Safety Project PROSAFE, which aims to strengthen the food safety capabilities of agri-food supply chain stakeholders in CLMV.