DUMAGUETE CITY (Nov 11, 2016) – “A package is not designed to last forever and must evolve continuously to keep pace with the market and consumer tastes.”
About 25 participants coming from food manufacturing firms, graphic designers and packaging supplier attended the seminar-workshop on basic packaging, label designing and mandatory labeling requirements for micro, small and medium scale enterprises last November 11, 2016 at the Dumaguete Cathedral Credit Cooperative (DCCO) Main Office in Dumaguete City.
Organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Center (DOST NegOr PSTC ), the training aims to improve the current packaging and labeling of the manufacturing enterprises in the province. The activity is in cooperation with DOST-7 and Foundation University. Ms. Josie F. Elli of DOST-7 served as the resource person during the training.
During the short but very informative two-day seminar joined by local entrepreneurs, Ms. Elli explained on packaging, label designing, product-package interaction, food classification, deterioration and preservation. Also discussed were topics on mandatory labeling requirements, graphic design, updates on food labeling, product characteristics, establishment of packaging specifications and the influence of packaging on product quality and food safety.
The speaker also discussed on understanding the shelf life of products, food allergen and importance of food traceability. Actual critiquing on some products such as dried fish, malunggay coffee, virgin coconut oil, cassava chips and calamansi juice was also done.
“The purposeof this training is to improve the current packaging of our products in order for us to be globally competitive. Majority of customers patronize products that has better packaging and superior packaging quality. So let’s all try to be open-minded and incorporate the useful recommendations to our respective packaging,” Ms. Elli also added.
Ms. Elli is a pioneering member of the DOST-7 Food Safety Team, one of the first food safety teams in the country. Her field of expertise include food safety, packaging and labeling, GMP and HACCP. Since then, she has been involved in numerous food safety trainings, product development, product packaging and labeling, among others.–Sean Adrian T. Guardiano/Negros Oriental PSTC S&T Media Service