Cebu’s barbecue, hawker food have DOST OK
The Department of Science and Technology and the Cebu local government placed 80 Cebu City-based food vendors under a food safety awareness seminar to raise the quality of street food sold in two of its tourism hubs.
The food vendors operate in the Larsian Barbeque Bazaar and Cebu South Bus Terminal, both part of Cebu’s tourism industry.
Larsian is a circle of small eateries where the different vendors hawk their barbecues. The Cebu South Bus Terminal vendors also operate small eateries or local pasalubong stalls.
Resource person Josie F. Elli, Senior SRS and food safety expert of DOST Central Visayas, taught the street vendor participants sanitation, hygiene, and food safety.
The safety of the barbecues and the local food delicacies sold by the street vendors is one of the Cebu City government’s concern as most clients of these establishments are local and international tourists.
A food safety team has been expanded to the Cebu Food Consultancy Group (CFCG), which is now capable of supporting food SMEs not only in food safety but also in food technology. The new group includes food safety and food technology experts from the DOST, the academe, other government agencies, and private sector.