By: Rahayu WP1,2, Nababan H1
1Directorate for Food Safety Surveillance and Extension, National Agency for Drug and Food Control, Republic of Indonesia
2Department of Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University
Indonesia is facing four major problems in food safety, such as problems in complying with the quality and safety standards, under reported foodborne disease outbreaks or the outbreak reports without identification of etiologic agents, lack of knowledge, skill and responsibility of the food producers, and lack of consumer awareness. This paper discussed food safety education strategies, such as increasing strong networking among related institutions and other stakeholders as well as increasing food safety awareness for stakeholders, increasing food safety promotion activities for producers, especially for small scale food industries and also increasing food safety promotion activities for consumers. The National Agency for Drug and Food Control (NADFC) has several food safety promotion programs such as development of food promotion network, food safety training for central and district officials, food safety extension for small scale food industries, development of food safety star award and food watch, food safety internship for food technology student and production of food safety promotion materials for consumer education. Education and training programs for personnel are important approach to establish a positive attitude to improve food safety in Indonesia.
Keywords: food safety, consumer awareness, education
Presented at Asian Food Conference, Jakarta-Indonesia, August 9-12th 2005. Proceeding ISBN 979-3673-46