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Wednesday, 06 January 2016

Fiji-EU: Hygiene compliance

Based in Kosrae State, the Raimond Company in Tafunsek which produces gluten-free taro flour, and Wawa Chips in Lelu which makes banana chips, are businesses supported by the European Union's increasing agricultural commodity trade (IACT) project which is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Raimond Company and Wawa Chips have become the first two food producers in the Federated States of Micronesia to open factories that comply with international standard for hazard analysis and control. The hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) compliance is an internationally recognised standard that emphasises hygienic food preparation and is crucial for opening up market access for companies, as consumers are more confident in the way their products are prepared. SPC and the EU assisted the two companies in building a factory, providing equipment, facility improvement as well as designing and printing of packaging materials amounting to $US91,000 ($F196,000). SPC technical assistance has also been provided through business management training, food safety programs and processing methods to gain quality and safe products. In addition to these two companies in Kosrae, the IACT project also assists an enterprise in the Marshall Islands — Tobolar Processing Facility — that has now also become compliant as well, making these the first three locally-owned HACCP compliant enterprises in the northern Pacific region. Speaking at their factory opening, Wawa Chips managing director George Youngstrom said this milestone achievement was the result of working together towards a common goal.

Source: Fiji Times