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The SME Training Seminar within Civil Society Dialogue Food Safety Project was carried out in Istanbul!


The second training seminar that is for SMEs of “Food Safety” project under Civil Society Dialogue Programme which is co-funded by European Union and Turkish Republic was carried out on 23rd of November, 2016 in Istanbul/Turkey. High level of participation was provided for the seminar that was in Point Hotel- Taksim. The seminar which was carried out by participation of representatives of meat and dairy sector, authorities of Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock aimed at reaching the exact information and implementation to SMEs.

The seminar was given by Prof. Dr. Barbaros Ozer who is Head of Milk Technology Department at Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture and Chairman of SETBİR Academic Advisory Committee. Opening speech of the seminar was made by Tarık Tezel, Chairman of SETBIR. Tezel mentioned on food safety in his opening speech and he indicated that all the people have rights to buy and consume foods that are sustainable, safety, reasonably priced, high quality, able to improve healthy nutrition habits and it is one of the fundamental human rights of modern world. He emphasised that food consumption is essential for continuation of life and one person consumes average 30 tonnes of food throughout her/his life. Tezel drew attention that besides food is basic source of humankind; it can also be basic threat risk. He went on to indicate that consumption of unsafe food is known as a public health problem since beginning of human story and food-borne problems effect economic and social structure of countries, not just human health.

Tarık Tezel mentioned about the difference between “food safety” and “food security”; he stated that “food safety” means public health management through the provision of product safety; on the other hand “food security” means possibility to reach adequate, clean and healthy food for every person with the aim of reducing by half of the hungry population in the world by United Nations. He emphasized that food safety is a fact which has to act in unison and interact with all the establishments in food chain; in short, all together from feed stuff and fertilizer producers to foodstuff producers, from primary producers to package producers, transportation and storage operators, from wholesalers to retailers, food serving and selling areas. Tezel said that food safety systems drive forward “food safety from farm to table” approach that is an effective way to reduce food-borne dangers. He also stated that basic approach to avoid food-borne dangers should be scrutinised all the steps in food chain from raw materials to food consumption and should make essential implementation of control measures.

By continuing to speak, Tezel gave information about the project: “For the very reason, SETBIR members have taken on a task of carrying out of a project under EU Civil Society Dialogue Programme in order to create awareness on food safety that is our priority issue for consumers and SMEs.”

After the opening speech of Tarık Tezel, the training seminar was started by Prof. Dr. Barbaros Ozer. Information on food safety and its importance and food additives in meat and dairy sectors were given. Definition and importance of food safety, risk factors that threaten food safety were mentioned in the training seminar. Besides that, information on food safety regulation and food safety management systems were given. Risk analysis was remarked in the seminar, it is emphasized that risk analysis of World Trade Organisation (WTO) suggest making general and local decisions and implementation of them in regard to country, region and world epidemiological data. HACCP system was addressed in detail and model HACCP plans for meat and dairy industries were mentioned. Important information on biofilm formation in food enterprises, waste management in food enterprises, food safety and bioterrorism were given in the seminar.

Various questions were asked by participants during the training. It was aimed that reaching to exact information of participant and in this context raising the good practises. Two- sessions training seminar was completed successfully.

About Food Safety Project

The project that is carried out by SETBİR aims to strengthen communication and collaboration between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that work about food safety and food additives. The project that takes place in partnership of Valencia Regional Food Business Federation (FEDACOVA) of Spain is performed in Ankara, Izmir, İstanbul and Valencia.

In the project, providing the collaboration between NGOs belong to food sectors in Turkey and EU, raising awareness for SMEs and consumers about food safety and food additives are aimed within Turkey’s EU process.

Organising the trainings and seminars which aim to give exact and essential information about food safety and food additives to SMEs and consumers has planned within the project. In the same time, getting information about EU member countries implementation of food safety and food additives, regulating good practises examples and transferring them to related groups via training, seminar and internet have provided.

About Civil Society Dialogue Programme:

Civil Society Dialogue Programme was improved as a platform that makes together societies to know each other and to exchange the information. Thereby NGOs from Turkey and EU member countries league together in the common issues.

Civil Society Dialogue Programme that is co-funded by Turkish Republic and European Union within The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) is carried out by Ministry for EU Affairs. Central Finance and Contract Unit is a contract authority and the programme has different subjects and NGOs since 2008.

About Civil Society Dialogue Programme 4. Phase: More than 200 organisations from 21 different countries make actual 80 dialogue projects. Financial support 11 million Euro about environment; energy; consumer and health protection; justice, freedom and security; right of establishment and freedom to provide services; regional policy and coordination of structural instruments; enterprise and industrial policy; agriculture and fisheries and education. So the financial support for the dialogue projects until present is more than 42,5 million Euro. Number of partnership in all programmes with EU’s projects that spread to 9 policy spaces is approaching to 600.

For the detail information about Civil Society Dialogue Programme, you can call 0090 312 428 477 4-75 and you can follow the web site www.siviltoplumdiyalogu.org .

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