Task One – Regional Workshops
Specific objectives of the course are to give the participants an up-to-date knowledge on microbiological food safety. The behavior of foodborne pathogens in the food chain, their particularities with regard to transmission, ability to establish niches in the production environment and the options for their control will be the focus of the presentations. International food regulation and agreements and the developments will be explained and discussed. The role of Codex Alimentarius and the major agreements made here will be explained, i.e. on Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Microbiological Criteria and Codes of Hygienic Practices in production of various food commodities. Links to relevant websites will be provided.
Problems and issues from the participants working life will be discussed in a plenary section. The participants will be asked to present issues they wish to raise in this section prior to the course, to help the tutors to respond constructively to the issues raised.
Requirements for export to the EU will be dealt with extensively, with reference to the European food regulation, the General Food Law, the zoonosis directive and the regulation on EU microbiological criteria. Links to the relevant legislation will be provided.
Quality and food safety assurance tools, i.e. HACCP will be a central part of training course. The use of hazard analyses to identify and focus the attention on relevant pathogens will be tutored with inclusion of case studies. The role of the use of microbiological testing for verification of proper functioning of quality assurance will be explained.
It is the intention to involve the participants in an active exchange of experience and ideas, both to ensure the relevance of the subjects dealt with on the course, - and to ensure that the participants stay awake and focused during the course.
The tutors will encourage networking between the participants, and also between the participants and the tutors, in the hope that the course will not only increase the knowledge during the 4 days the course is held, but open the possibility to more collaboration in the future.
Specific objectives of the course are to give the participants an up-to-date knowledge on microbiological food safety, and a thorough understanding of the key principles and food hygiene and control regulations applicable in the EU.
Assessment of current situation in each country
We have strived to propose a course that is relevant for the participants in relation to problems they have encountered. To get acquainted with the situation in the country, and to be aware of issues relating to questions and requests from audits, reports from FVO inspections have been studied.
Furthermore the participants will be requested prior to the course to present issues and problems that they wish the course to negotiate. The replies to this request will be discussed by the tutors, and the presentations will be adapted to meet the need of the participants. Also time is allocated to discuss issues in plenary, so that general issues may be discussed in the benefit of all participants. Also the tutors will be present throughout the course, and available for discussing and answering individual questions from the participants.
Identification of Target Audience
The target audience are personnel from the competent authority working with food inspection, control and auditing of food business operators. Also personnel working for food business operators responsible for safety of foods are targeted for the course.
Pedagogical approach (mix of trainings, quizzes, interactive lessons, case studies)
- The course is planned with a combination of different methods of working – lectures in plenum, group work and plenum discussions where the relevant tutors will be present. Generally, the lectures will be short and clear in order to have as much time as possible for practical training and exchange of views and feedback between the participants. At the end of each day, a short summary of the learning objectives of the day will be presented by the training coordinator followed by an evaluation by the participants in order to identify possible gaps in planning of the course, and if possible adjust the program for the following days.
- Time will be allocated for the participants to present problems during plenary discussions. The purpose for this is to increase the likelihood that participants will work on problems that they find relevant and to enhance discussions regarding harmonization and best practice approach to resolving the problems.
The participants will be issued with links to the relevant EU legislation, as well as to relevant texts from Codex Alimentarius.
Handouts of the presentations will be given to the participants upon their arrival and registration for the course. The presentations used at the course will be made available for the participants via a link to the BTSF website.
The participants will receive a list of participants, including tutors, on which is listed contact information enabling opportunity for follow up discussion, questions and networking .
Indicators, Evaluation and Dissemination
The course will be evaluated by the participants as they will be requested to deliver their opinions on the usefulness of presentations, tutors and the overall program.
As the presentations will be available on the BTSF website the participants will have acces to these, and may use them to disseminate the information provided on the course.
Task Two – Sustained Training Missions
The subjects and geographical location for the STNs have not yet been decided, but will be organized according to regional requests.
As an example a country could request assistance in assessing the analytical quality and capacity for a specific food producing sector. The STM could then, again as an example, be structured around an assessment of the analytical laboratory capacity (including both official and private laboratories), addressing identified needs, advising on the procedures and requirements for quality assurance/accreditation etc. detailed in a Mission report. A follow-up mission 3-6 months after the initial STM could then be used to check progress, and discuss solution encountered during the implementation of the action plan agreed upon during the first visit.