More than 1,200 food vendors and restaurateurs from across Phuket have joined a series of seminars held to educate them on the importance of food hygiene and the important role they play in Phuket’s status as a Unesco Creative City of Gastronomy.
Of the three such seminars, one was held at the Phuket Merlin Hotel in Phuket Town yesterday (May 23), organised by the Prince of Songkla University Phuket campus and opened by Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) Chief Dr Jirapan Teapan.
Pan Tongcheumneung, Dean of the PSU Phuket campus Faculty of Technology and Environment, explained simply, “Making sure you store and prepare food clean and safely is very important. It reduces the risk of illness from food or unhygienic practices, and it also increases your business’s competitiveness.”
Dr Jirapan in his opening address, explained, “It is important for you to understand the importance of cooking food using clean and safe practices, and to good quality.
“This is for your own benefit. This seminar also gives you to exchange ideas in your expertise as food vendors.”
The seminars have been held with three main aims: to specifically educate all vendors of food in Phuket on what the Unesco “City of Gastronomy” status means; to teach the importance of hygiene; and to give tips on improving the quality of dishes food vendors serve
Attendees who pass a test conducted at the end of the seminar are given a certificate issued by the PPHO which is valid for three years.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s strategy to promote gastronomy tourism will take a huge step forward with the 4th UNWTO World Gastronomy Forum to be held in Bangkok Wednesday through Friday next week (May 30-June 1). – PhuketNews
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