Hygiene Training Launched for Food and Hospitality Industries

Director of the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge André Spiegel (left) shakes hand with Florian Boheme, the founder of the b. Consulting Cambodia (right) after having signed the MoU. Photo: Meng Seavmey

PHNOM PENH – Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) and b. Consulting Cambodia have teamed up to conduct training on food safety for staff working in food and beverage production, kitchen staff and service providers.

One of the most effective ways of combating foodborne illness and contamination is through better training of restaurant, cafe, hotel, and canteen staff, b. Consulting Cambodia founder Florian Boheme said.

The courses are for employees such as cooks, baristas, waiters, bartenders, catering and canteen staff, as well as chefs and sous-chefs.

IPC director Professor André Spiegel said the institution has carried out more than 10 training sessions for hotels, catering and food producers at their request.

However, these courses will be for all small, medium and large companies in the food and beverage industries and hospitality sectors.

Available in English and Khmer, the sessions will cover topics such as food contamination prevention, international standard operating procedures for food safety, and compliance with regulatory requirements. 

Sreng Navin, a trainer and head of the Environment & Food Safety Laboratory, said two types of training were proposed. One was a one-day session which focused on food safety and good hygiene in production areas.

 The second was two-day course and would discuss a Prerequisite and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point program (HACCP) — a tool to assess hazards and establish control systems.

“This will make it possible to strengthen good hygiene practices and food safety and therefore contribute to better health for the population of Cambodia,” Professor Spiegel said.

The courses will start next month and run until December. The training is aligned with the Law on New Food Safety, which was effective from last year.

The IPC is a non-profit research institution established in 1953 and reopened in 1992.  The b. Consulting Cambodia body is a specialized team in the hospitality, food and beverage industries.

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