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The Food Manufacturers Union of Kazakhstan in cooperation with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, organized a new 3-day interactive training in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on November 8-10, 2016: Practical application of the IFC Food Safety Toolkit.

DSC1The Food Manufacturers Union initiated and organized — only for the producing members of the Union — a specialized food safety training following up the first IFC Food Safety Basics Course held in May 2016.

The purpose of the new training is to help enterprises upgrade themselves to the next and advanced level of food safety being instructed by the IFC Food Safety Toolkit. The new training has three peculiarities making it unique and the only one training course of the kind available in the market.

First, it is a special interactive training format developed in line with the international technique of adult learning; the course carries multiple practical exercises, descriptive materials and handouts, discussions and practice exchange sessions. All the elements maximize the learning effect for the attendees to be able to translate the gained knowledge into practice at their workplaces.

Second, the training is peculiar because of its curricula. The IFC Food Safety Toolkit are a unique self-study textbook aimed to assist both experienced factories equipped with a food safety management system, and companies just starting developing the system. Experts know that once in the field, auditors spend most of their time, ask most of their questions, and give most of their comments due to incorrectly executed documents and procedures while the factory introduces its food safety management system. The key feature of the IFC Food Safety Toolkit is its set of document templates and draft procedures for food safety management that can be adapted to any food industry field, any food factory irrespective of its size; the templates and drafts provide concrete examples of how to fill them. Special attention should be dedicated to a new section of the Toolkit on how to discuss the food safety introduction process with the company’s management.

“The training was informative, very useful and topical up to date as its curricula is concerned.

The training materials provided at the training are well optimized to be user-friendly not only to experts but also to the newcomers to the quality management systems. The trainers are very skilled. The trainers applied interactive learning methods, and the 3-day course went in high gear.  I’m convinced that everything was at a high standard. I cannot but mention the Food Manufacturers Union of Kazakhstan for the well-organized training.

The training course has exceeded all of my expectations and justified the investment.

On my own behalf, I can recommend this course to all the stakeholders interested in the HACCP implementation at food businesses,” — says Adilet KHMARAKULOV, Professional Education in Central Asia (PBBZ), who participated in the event.

Third, the trainers of the course are the factor of its success; they are respectful IFC experts with years of practice in the CIS and Central Asia countries, certified auditors, practitioners knowing requirements of the regional market, of the EU and the Customs Union, CIS, the Caucuses, and the Balkan Countries: Gulnara Suranchieva (Kazakhstan), and Oxana Dorofeeva (Ukraine).

“We are happy and thankful to the IFC for the member-enterprises of our Union to get one more opportunity to utilize the best international practices to ensure superb quality and safety of their products by introducing the state-of-the-art management system, to enhance their competitiveness and penetrate new markets for even more buyers around the world to discover tasty products made in Kazakhstan,” — wraps-up Inna Mitrofanova, Projects Coordinator.