Winrock PCCP turns over food safety device grant to DOST
PCCP Chief of Party Nic Richards turns-over the Luminometer device to DOST Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at DOST’s Regional Office in Butuan City.
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - The Philippine Cold Chain Project (PCCP) implemented by Winrock International and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is collaborating with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Caraga in promoting food safety in the region.

As part of the partnership campaign, Winrock PCCP represented by Chief of Party Nic Richards officially turned over a unit of luminometer, a food safety device grant to DOST Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga, on February 15, 2018 at DOST Regional Office, Butuan City.

Science behind the luminometer device
The science behind this device is based on the level of luciferase- an enzyme responsible for firefly tails to glow at night. Luciferase reacts with ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a chemical marker in the luminometer, in the form of a swab stick that detects the amount of residue in the sample. The amount of glow is proportional to the amount of ATP present, which consequently indicates presence of biological contamination of the (food) surfaces being tested.

Luminometer device for food safety activities
The luminometer device gives real-time results when used to test food contact surfaces or to analyze water quality. A number of food safety trainings and educational campaign in different areas in the region are in line this year in collaboration with DOST. The use of this device in the trainings is a special activity for food handlers to see on-the-spot results of microbial count on food contact surfaces, equipment and (meat) samples found in their stalls. It is expected that the training activities will illicit change in perception, behavior and practice of the food handlers.

One aspect of the Winrock PCCP programs is to support the government target of strengthening the food safety regulatory system by promoting and supporting improved practices in food production, handling and marketing to ultimately protect the health and general welfare of consumers. IJNC