The Palestine Trade Center – PalTrade conducted a 4 days training workshop on food safety in the city of Jericho between the 19th & 22nd of Feb 2017. The training was conducted thanks to the generous funding of the United States Agency for International Development - USAID under its “Business to Business” project. The project aims to address the challenges and increase the trade capacities of the Palestinian food industry by increasing compliance with International and Israeli standards and enhancing the business capacities of Palestinian food companies.
The food safety training is the outcome of several consultative visits to the Palestinian companies who are participating in the project, where it was discovered that food safety issues are among the top key topics that needs to be addressed in preparation for their food products to enter the International and Israeli markets.
The training covered many topics over the four days period, starting with an introduction on food safety and risk management, quality and safety standards, and the requirements for the ISO 9001 & HACCP standards. The training also covered sanitation requirements according to Codex document/ISO/ and TS 22001-2, as well as the five advanced steps of HACCP and labeling requirements in accordance with standard 1145.
On the third and fourth days, the training addressed the issues of quality assurance and quality control in the food industry in relation to a host of international standards such as, Codex Alimentarius, FSMA, FDA, HACCAP and GMP…etc. The training also discussed disinfection and hygiene management and food safety audit and corrective behaviors. Finally, the training paid special attention rules and conditions of the Kosher certification as a prerequisite for Palestinian food products to enter the Israeli market.
Finally, the Chief Executive Officer of PalTrade Ms. Hanan Taha handed out the participation certificates to the 45 participants who represents Palestinian food producing companies from various sectors such as, Olive Oil, Dates, Dairy products, and Chocolates…etc. The participants underwent an exam by the end of the 4 days training course and in accordance with the exams results the passing participants will receive a certificate from “Quality Food Safety” that recognizes their proficiency in the topics covered by the training.