Public-health volunteers trained in food safety

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Area officials organized a food-safety seminar to help train public-health volunteers in food-preparation sanitation.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn presided over the April 9 workshop hosted by the Chonburi Public Health Department and the Pattaya and Banglamung governments.

Department Director Dr. Samit Prasannakan, MD, and other health officials lectured on guidelines relating to inspection of food-production sources, monitoring of food sanitation, chemical inspections and rules governing producers, distributors and retailers.

Dr. Samit Prasannakan, MD, Chonburi public health director.Dr. Samit Prasannakan, MD, Chonburi public health director.

In addition, there was promotion of a consumer-protection network for citizens to have an understanding of choosing and consuming food, including health products and heath services.

“The training is focused on increasing knowledge for citizens, operators, community leaders and village public volunteers in Pattaya, which attracts many tourists,” Samit explained. “Thus, prevention and knowledge regarding the safety of consuming is an important issue that will help build a strong international tourism image.”

He said officials are planning a campaign on food safety, products and health services in Naklua and Pattaya markets to prevent the spread of communicable diseases through water and food. The campaign will include inspection of local businesses with the help of the Thai Food and Drug Administration.