Lobregat thanksEU for including Zambo as venue on Fishery Good Hygiene and Sanitation Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:09

Mayor Celso L. Lobregat, through City Administrator Antonio Orendain, Jr., thanked the European Union-Trade Related Assistance (EU-TRTA) for choosing Zamboanga City as one of the four venues for its intensified campaign on fishery good hygiene practices and sanitation during a two-day campaign held at Mega Fishing Corporation Compound that would help realize the vision to ensure fair, free and safe trade of fishery products.

In Zamboanga City there are nine manufacturers of canned sardines namely Mega sardines, Family sardines, Miko, 555, Osaka/Asahi, Paradiso, Señorita, Kingstown and Ligo. Of this number, six food processing plants have so far been accredited by the European Union, namely Permex Producer and Exporter Corp., Ayala Seafoods Corporation, maker of Mega sardines, Crustacean Trading Corp., Universal Canning, Inc., Seachamp International Corp., and Bluefin Seafoods, Inc., which deals in frozen octopus and squid.

EU-accredited companies should maintain the proper practices of hygiene and sanitation from catching fish in sea to boarding of fishery products to fishing vessels, and to the fish landing port. Compliance is strictly monitored by the Bureau of fisheries and Aquatic Resources according to Director Ahadulla  Sajili of BFAR.

These accredited companies are exporting their processed fish products to the key import markets in European Union and other countries. These canning factories generate a combined total workforce of 6,663 workers.

Other guests present during the program are Director Ahadulla S. Sajili of BFAR, Mr. Diosdado N. Palacat of City Agriculture Office, Cawit Barangay Chairman, and representative from the City Health Office. -- PIA9-ZC