With fun to more safety: HACCP training for SEKEM co-workers from the food sector

Originally published on February 5, 2016.

The following is an excerpt from a piece written by Noha Hussein that originally appeared the SEKEM Insight website on January 31, 2016.

Students prepare to throw "snowballs" to their classmates. Those who catch a paper snowball must answer the question written inside. (Photo credit: sekem.com)
At the end of January snowballs where fluttering in SEKEM. During the food safety training given by three American experts the serious topic was approached through fun and games. Participants wrote their questions on a white paper, crumpled it and threw it through the room. The ones who caught the “snowball” had to answer the questions. “The participants are full of life and really willing to learn. It’s wonderful to see how they are smiling all the time – that’s the best condition to learn," says Deneen Rief, one of the trainers. The three-day workshop was about a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of hazards, which might happen along the food chain, the so-called Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point Concept (HACCP). Fourteen SEKEM employees and 13 participants from other companies all over Egypt attended the training in SEKEM.

The Farmer-to-Farmer Program (F2F) of  USAID is mainly working for promoting economic growth through specialized experts from the agriculture and agribusiness section, who can offer expertise to their counterparts in different countries. Since 1987, this program has been implemented in more than 130 developing countries with the aim to develop skillful employees in different economical sections.

“The most impressive point is that the experts of F2F are working as volunteers," says Hossam Habeeb, Field Program Manager at Land O’Lakes Egypt, partner organization of F2F. Land O’Lakes Egypt has been the link between SEKEM and the USAID Program. Via certifying the participant employees, they can pass on their knowledge to their colleagues and HACCP can be efficiently applied in SEKEMs food factories.

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