BANGUED, Abra(PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-CAR) through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC-Abra) initiated the conduct of online training cum workshop on the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) licensing requirements and application to step up efforts in putting in place food safety protocols among food business operators.
PSTC-Abra Head Engr. Ralf Sapi-il said they saw the need to hold a training to assist food business operators to comply with FDA requirements such as license to operate (LTO) and Certificate of Product Registration (CPR). There are only a number of business operators in the province who were able to acquire LTO, he noted.
All food establishment under Republic Act 10611 or the Food Safety Act are required to secure an LTO before engaging in food manufacturing, importation, exportation, sale, offer for sale, distribution and others.
The LTO is issued by the FDA which is a “regulatory agency under the Department of Health mandated to ensure the food safety, efficacy, or quality of health products which include food, drugs, cosmetics, and the like.”
Sapiil informed that four participants took part in the actual LTO online application during the workshop. These are the Lingey Saranay Consumers Cooperative, United Tingguian Multi-purpose Cooperative Bakery, LOCOS Enterprises, and D & C Enterprises.
Other participants who joined the training are Estrell’s Food Products, JACSON Homemade Products, 3J’s Sweet Delights, 7th GJ Bakery, Talledo’s Miki Commercial, Charry’s Bread and Pastries Shop, and GABSI Women’s Association.
FDA Cordillera Regional Field Office Supervisor Saturnina O. Pandosen served as lecturer in the licensing training and workshop.
Sapi-il said one requirement for the issuance of LTO is attendance to a food safety seminar like Good Manufacture Practice. For the CPR application which is applicable only to specific products, it must undergo laboratory analysis. (JDP/SCA-PIA Abra)