Technical Assistance I

Fourteen inspectors and candidates of the Centre for Standardisation and Agro-Industry Services (BBSPJIA) have passed the competence and qualification exam on Better Process Control School (BPCS) with flying colours. The qualification exam was a concluding activity of a four-day in-house training on Better Process Control School organised by BBSPJIA with support from ARISE+ Indonesia on 22-25 August 2022.

Better Process Control School (BPCS) is training on thermal processing of low acid and acidified foods, such as sauces, pickled products, soups, broths, and pet food. The application of thermal processing in the food industry aims to ensure food safety, increase durability and increase and the competitiveness.

The BPCS training was delivered by the Seafast Center of the IPB University (Bogor Agriculture Institute), which has been certified by the Consumer Brands Association and approved by the U.S. FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

The training aimed to strengthen the BBSPJIA's competence as an Inspection Body to enhance thermal process validation services, training and assistance to the food industry at the national and international levels.

While flagging off the training, the Head of BBSPJIA, Ms Siti Rohmah Siregar, extended her appreciation to ARISE+ Indonesia for supporting the implementation of the BPCS Training. She believed the training would improve the acceptance of validation results issued by BBSPJIA at national and international levels. The capacity-building programme is a part of the European Union-funded ARISE+ Indonesia's support to enhance Indonesia's Export Quality Infrastructure.

Ms Siti also stated that the enhanced capacity of BBSPJIA would enable the institution to broaden the validation scope from validating heat adequacy in conventional heating processes (In-container Processing) to Aseptic Methods (In-line Processing). It would make BBSPJIA the first agency in Indonesia to provide the service. According to her, currently, no institution in Indonesia has the capacity to validate Aseptic Processing (In-line Processing), making the food industry must obtain validation from abroad.

"We hope that with the new validation scope, BBSPJIA will be able to assist the food industry that uses thermal processing in fulfilling national and international regulations as one of the requirements for distribution and export permits. Thus, the acceptance of Indonesian thermal-based food products in the European Union and the world will improve, and Indonesia's exports will increase," Ms Siti said.

BBSPJIA has been accredited as an inspection agency by the National Accreditation Committee (KAN) since 2005. The inspection agency has complied with international provisions and requirements for Inspection Agencies according to ISO/IEC 17020 requirements. BBSPJIA has served the canning industry in validating heat adequacy as required regulations issued by Indonesia's National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) as well international regulations, om the European and American markets.

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