To anticipate more outbreaks of hepatitis as the one that has hit UGM, about 60 street vendors followed the Training of Food Safety for Producers and Consumers on Campus Food Court, UGM. The training was organized by the Agro-industrial Technology Department, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, on Saturday (31/10).
According to the Chairman of Training Committee, Muhammad Prasetya Kurniawan, STP, M.Sc., the training followed up a survey on consumers’ satisfaction. "The questionnaires showed that on average they are satisfied with the variety of menus, affordable cost and accessible location of this food court," said Prasetya. The study analysis, however, showed that consumers paid less attention to food safety.
Along with the increasing number of consumers, it is necessary to conduct training for UGM street vendors. The training was followed by 52 vendors and five from Plaza Humaniora Mandiri, and community representatives from the Sunday Morning market. With the training, awareness on food safety quality standards is expected to arise.
"There are many people having lunches there. What if they do not pay attention to sanitation and health standards? One of our students has failed to continue study due to health problems. Therefore, we want to tackle it so that the case will not happen again, "explained Prasetya.
At the end of the training, the street vendors signed a contract with UGM. The contract contains a statement such as that street vendors will be checked at any time by UGM. "Actually, it is not UGM but BPPOM’s authority to do that, we only help the BPPOM," Prasetya concluded.