Jakarta. Vendors of Jakarta's Lenggang food court received hygiene training under the government's "mental revolution" program at the Jakarta Health Department office on Tuesday (22/11).
Clean, Tasty and Healthy Indonesian Cuisine campaign saw 106 food vendors invited to participate in two sessions on hygienic preparation of food, ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, which will be hosted by Indonesia.
The campaign was organized by the Jakarta Health Department, Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), Bank Indonesia, Indonesian Chef Association (ICA), and Indonesian Gastronomy Association (IGA).
Iwan Eka Setiawan of the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, and Arief Budimanta who leads the mental revolution task force, delivered opening speeches.
Rismana Adji of the Jakarta Health Department spoke about street food hygiene and said that food courts must be equipped with clean water sources, proper waste disposal, restrooms and pest control facilities. According to Rismana, the number of diseases or deaths caused by food poisoning is still high.
BPOM surveillance and food safety director Yayan Cahyani asked the vendors to mind cleanliness in food preparation, processing and serving.
Culinary expert Sisca Soewitomo discussed at length Indonesian culinary history and its ingredients.
In the last session, Bank Indonesia finance consultant Syarif Hidayatulloh introduced the bank's mobile bookkeeping application, "Siapik," which is helpful in managing everyday transactions. The vendors will receive a training in bookkeeping before they gain access to the app.