Food safety for the protection and welfare of the population. Two-day training with representatives of the Civil Society for the Environment in Albania.

March 27, 2018 | By Eneida Haska, Qendra Rajonale e Mjedisit (REC) Shqipëri

Food-borne diseases are a preventable and undervalued public health problem. These diseases are a burden on the health of the population and contribute significantly to the cost of health care. They also pose a major challenge to certain groups of people. Although one may be affected by a food illness, some people are at greater risk, such as children younger than 4, who have higher incidence of infections from certain food pathogens or older people than 60 and those with reduced immunity who are at greater risk of hospitalization and consequently death from pathogens transmitted through food.
While appreciating the importance of this topic for the general public, with a special focus on environmental NGOs in order to raise awareness on the importance of safe food, REC Albania organized last week's two-day training with Environmental CSOs in Albania.
Through this training, around 25 representatives of CSOs from different cities of the country were closely acquainted with the concept of food safety and quality food and received detailed information on the institutions responsible for monitoring and inspecting food products in the country.
How is the inspection and monitoring of subjects affecting food safety, how the sampling of food products is sent for further analysis, the microbiological risk with food safety, etc., were some of the topics discussed during the two days in training, from representative lecturers the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Food Authority and the Food Safety and Veterinary Institute.
Participants also had a chance to visit the Food and Veterinary Security Institute (ISUV), where they were introduced to the work processes and instruments used to trace and combat infectious, parasitic diseases in land, water and poultry . The Institute's experts spoke to the attendees and about the environmental impacts and health risks associated with safe food and the role that civil society can play in raising awareness and informing the population of safer and more quality food.
Safer food promises healthier and longer life, lower health care, and a more flexible food industry.
The training was organized under the program "Support to Civil Society Organizations in Albania (SENiOR-II)", supported by the Swedish Government, as part of the Environmental Management Training Package, implemented by REC Albania.