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Regional news reporters delve into food safety issues

Khon Kaen province, Thailand: A group of 32 participants from Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam are meeting here to participate in a food safety project titled Regional Media Training Programme on Communicating Food Safety.

Participants on Monday gather at the official opening of the Regional Media Training Programme on Communicating Food Safety.

The programme, which ta kes place from August 28 to September 1, aims to bolster participants' knowledge of food safety challenges in Southern Asia, implications for health and the food trade, the status of food safety in Southern Asia, food control management, food inspection, the spread of food safety information, and other benefits.

The programme features many activities to strengthen participants' awareness and understanding of key food safety concepts, related global and local issues, and existing best practices in the region.

It also aims to raise journalists' interest in covering food safety issues in their respective countries and to foster collaboration among media personnel.

The opening ceremony was held on Monday at the Mekong Institute in Khon Kaen province, chaired by the institute's Executive Director, Dr Watcharas Leelawath. The project was organised by the Mekong Institute and supported by the New Zealand Aid programme.

The programme will hold training workshops on food safety, field visits to Betagro, and media action plans.

Lao participants included staff from Vientiane Times , the Food and Drug Division under the Ministry of Health, Lao National Television, Lao National Radio, CLICK I4 DEV private sector working in in formation sharing in natural resource management, and the Faculty of Agriculture at the National University of Laos.

By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa
(Latest Update August 29, 2017)

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