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Screen captures of the SafeFood Byte Mobile Application

The Department of Science and Technology-10 launched the SafeFood Byte mobile application on May 17, 2021, at the New Dawn Hotel Plus, Cagayan de Oro City.

The SafeFood Byte is a reporting system to monitor and promote food safety from the farm to the consumers. It installs a mechanism for rapid resolution of issues and concerns that will also catalyze a food safety culture in Northern Mindanao. The app was made possible with the authorities and functions of the Food Safety Regulation Coordinating Board in Region 10 (FSRCB-X).

The app gives the consumers an easy way to report inconsistencies and external hazards on the food they consume. Through the mobile application, consumers can take a photo of the alleged unsafe food and report it online. The agency will filter the submitted reports and classify them according to severity.

Food regulatory agencies and DOST-10 will then notify the reported food establishment. Further, consumers can get updates on the progress of their reports through the app.

The board anticipates the app as an avenue to spot clear and serious violations against the Food Safety Act, such as Food Fraud cases that have continuously increased during the pandemic.

The FSRCB-X also wants to promote a unified approach to advancing food safety in NorMin. Hence, reported food establishments will be included in DOST-10's food safety awareness webinars to enhance product safety and quality.

Overall, the SafeFood Byte Mobile application helps the FSRCB-X monitor food handlers and promotes food safety awareness to both consumers and manufacturers.

Everyone can now download and use the SafeFood Byte Mobile Application from this link: https://prnt.sc/130xzqw. The app will soon be available for download at Play Store very soon. (Julie Anne H. Baculio/Stephanie Y. Ibarra, DOST-X)