THE National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology (NISIT) under Certificate Division ran a two-week training for Understanding and Implementing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) in Food Safety, Food Safety Management Systems Requirements, Quality Management Systems Requirements, Safety and Auditing & Lead and Audit Training where participants from Food and beverage industries attended.

The first week of the Public Training programme was held at NISIT’s training room from 18th to 19th May and delivered by the Executive Manager for Certificate Division Mr Benzamine Zairo.

The second training session was held at Gateway Hotel on the 22nd to 26th of May by an external trainer Mr Gerry Hill who was contracted by the British Standards Institute (BSI).

There were participants from NISIT, Lae Biscuit Company, Paradise Foods Limited, Paradise Brewery Limited, Fresh Produce Development Agency (from Goroka) and Pure Water Limited.

There were also participants from catering companies such as iPi and Fubilan Catering, one from Pacific Maritime Group Limited, one from National Fisheries Authority, Morobe Provincial Health Authority and National Cultural Commission.

Small-to-medium enterprises who sent their representatives to participate were Uanja Geotechnical and Construction Limited, Timberline Limited (chain of businesses including Maip-Moh Logistics and Clean-Sweep Pros - Pest Control, Fumigation and Cleaning services) and G-man Construction Limited.

“The purpose of the training was to provide the requirements of ISO 9001 and ISO 22000 as well as to ensure those responsible for managing these systems know how to perform audit and leading audits in these management systems,” Mr Zairo said.

“The importance of these trainings was to introduce these ISO Standards to those interested in applying these standards in their businesses/organisations to compete in the local and international markets.

“After this first set of training, participants expressed their appreciation and requested if such training can be delivered again in future as most industries and businesses would appreciate this type of training.

“The training was interactive, allowing participants to participate in group discussions/activities that gave them clear understanding of how these training content can be applied in their organisations/businesses.

“Such trainings are important because the food industry is very important and food safety plays a large role.”

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