IAS, USP participates in World Food Safety Day Celebration

IAS Food Key Technical Person, Mr Jeremaia Koroijiuta attending to queries from visiting students.

The Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS), University of the South Pacific as a member of the Fiji National Codex Committee Member had participated in the World Food Safety Day Celebration program on Wednesday, 7 June at the Ministry of Agriculture Headquarters Grounds, Raiwai, Suva.  Established in 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly, the World Food Safety Day is dedicated to raising awareness on foodborne risks and improving human health through conscious eating.

IAS Food Key Technical Person, Ms Rosie Kumar explaining the role of IAS in Food Safety to visiting students.

This year’s theme ‘Safer Food – Better Health’ stressed the importance of safe, nutritional food in ensuring human health and well-being. The program included the participation of 15 secondary schools where students participated in oratory contests with prize giveaways.  The students and other visitors then visited the displayed posters, brochures and flyers at the display booth of the various agencies including IAS, National Codex members from Government ministries, Private sectors and Non-government Organisations on their respective roles on food safety.

IAS operates an internationally accredited Laboratory that tests and provides both nutritional data as well as both chemical and microbiological contaminants data in Food for the food production industries, hospitality industries and exports of food and beverages products.  Visiting students and other guests were interested in the role of IAS in Food Safety.  There was also general interest expressed in kava testing due to the booming kava exporting industry that requires that kava is tested before it is exported.

IAS Food Key Technical Person, Ms Rosie Kumar and IAS Marketing Graphics Officer Ms Mere Naisilisili at the World Food Safety Day celebration

Dr Vincent Lal, Manager Laboratory Services for IAS expressed his gratitude for the participation of the Institute in the World Food Safety Day Program, “Foodborne diseases strains health care systems and affects national economies and trade.  IAS’s role in the region in the provision of reliable data for Food Safety Monitoring and technical expertise on Codex Committees is crucial to increasing awareness on the importance of food safety,” he said.

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