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

03/23/2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

The third and the last 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 March, 2017 in Ankara/Turkey. High level of participation was provided for the seminar that was in Wyndham Hotel. The seminar which was carried out by participation of representatives of meat and dairy sector, trade associations and authorities of Ankara Provincial Directorate of Agriculture aimed at reaching the exact information and implementation to SMEs.

Opening speech of the seminar was made by Elif Yucel, Deputy General Secretary of SETBIR. Yucel, who gave information about the project in her opening speech, also pointed to objectives and goals of the project. Yucel indicated that “Food Safety” project was carried out by SETBIR is aimed at providing a high level of mutual cooperation between the NGOs of food sector in Turkey and EU member states in the process of Turkey’s EU membership and also raising awareness of SMEs and consumers on food safety and food additives. She also underlined that the specific goals of the project were to build strong links between civil societies in Turkey and EU member states and to provide high level of cooperation between them. After mentioning the main activities of the project, Elif Yucel gave information about actualised activities within the project.

After the opening speech of Elif Yucel, the morning session of training seminar was started 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. 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.

Presentations were made by Mr. Ilhami Sahin, Mrs. Emel Molla and Ms. Burcu Sarı who are authorities from Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock in the afternoon session of the training seminar.  Ministry authorities gave information on “Regulation on Turkish Food Codex Food Labelling and Consumer Informing”, “Regulation on Turkish Food Codex Nutrition and Health Statements” and “Food Additives”. In this context, it was mentioned about the wrong practises and the bans in the sector.

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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Wyndham Otel
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Ankara, Türkiye
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