[abstract] THE FOOD STARS AWARDS: THE INDONESIAN APPROACH TO FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION

By: Nababan H1,  Sparringa RA1, Fardiaz D1,2 and  Rahayu WP1,2

1National Agency for Drug and Food Control, Republic of Indonesia
2Department of Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University

The Food Stars Awards for food safety are voluntary awards to encourage food businesses to train staff and work towards implementing HACCP-based food safety programs.  The Awards integrate through all industry sectors from ‘paddock to plate’ throughout Indonesia.  Three Food Star Awards were developed by a team from the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories (AGAL), National Agency of Drug and Food Control (NADFC), Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Ministry of Agriculture and the Bogor Agricultural University. The one star award provides basic food safety training to everyone in the business, the two star award is aligned with codex principles of food hygiene and helps businesses develop good food safety practices and the three star award introduces HACCP principles.Food Star auditors monitor businesses to make sure standards are maintained.  After achieving the three star awards, a business is well placed to implement an internationally accredited quality system. The one star awards have been awarded to 429 food businesses in 17 provinces. Food Stars provide accessible, appropriate and affordable food safety education to all sectors of the food supply.   Standards must be maintained or the award is removed.  The Food Star system enables industry to be recognized for its good practices – and encourages them to go beyond the minimum standards required by legislation and reach for the stars.

Keywords: food star award, food safety training

Presented at Asian Food Conference, Jakarta-Indonesia, August 9-12th 2005. Proceeding ISBN 979-3673-46

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