CLOSE to 25 members of the Honiara central market vendors association have undergone a three days training on food preparation and handling this week.
The workshop which focused on ‘Food safety and handling,’ was held at the Kairos conference Room, Hyundai Mall.
Speaking to the Solomon Star on Wednesday, July Maehaka a chairwoman for the association said, the training was a big boost for the participants.
Of the total 23 were women while two were men. At the end of the training yesterday, the participants have received a certificate each.
“I believe after this training, these participants will be able to safely cook their foods and sell them in the market,” Mrs Maehaka said.
“Food safety and hygiene are what we are looking so that those who sell cooked food must make sure that they produce food that is up to required standard and good for consumption,” she added.
Facilitator Ben Abana from the health division of Honiara city council said, the workshop was to train participants on how to make safe food for the public.
“I believe this training has equipped these participants with more knowledge and skills to produce quality food to sell at the market,” he said.
The workshop was funded by UN Women Market for Change and facilitated by HCC health division.
“Thank you HCC and UN women for Change in organizing and facilitating the training that mean so much to these participants,” Mrs Maehaka said.
“We are looking forward to working together with you to make sure that everyone who sells cooked foods in the market must be equipped with such certificates.
“Thank everyone for participation, go home and make safe foods for our people,” she said.
By LESLEY SANGA