Workshop on determining the shelf life of food products was organized by IBT ITK. This event presented Dr. Nugraha Edhi Suyatma, Lecturer of Food Science and Technology Department of IPB University. Workshop was attended by 59 participants from businesses in the field of processed food, both from ITK students and the public. At this event, Mr. Edi explained several categories of food products and factors that affect the damage and decrease in the quality of each product. These factors will become a reference in determining the shelf life of the product. He said basically the determination of the shelf life of the product takes the principle of speed equation.
On this occasion, Mr. Edi also explained several strategies to improve the shelf life of food products. Among them are related to the prevention of moisture and the growth of microorganisms in food products. The event which was attended by various business people and entrepreneurial escorts was dominated by discussion sessions. Participants are so actively consulted about the problems they face in the implementation of their respective businesses.
This event was in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (BPOM) and the Big Indonesia Facilitator Institute. The workshop was attended by 59 participants from businesses in the field of processed food, both from ITK students and the public. Participants were given materials about processes and procedures for registration of processed food products in BPOM, technically obtained a certificate of circulation permit (SPP-IRT) from the Balikpapan City Health Office, training on household industry governance both in terms of the environment and production process by Loka POM Balikpapan and training in making good labels and packaging by IBT-ITK.
Balikpapan City Health Office represented by Dra. P. Triwulaningsih, Apt, M.Kes. , Head of SDK, gave an exposure to how businesses can obtain SPP-IRT. Businesses must have followed the food counseling conducted by the Health Department. Balikpapan City Health Office itself actively programs food counseling 5 times a year. But there are still many obstacles such as the lack of fulfillment of business quotas etc. Head of Balikpapan City POM Office Dra. Sumiaty Haslinda, Apt. explained the production standards as well as a good environment so that businesses’ products can get a certificate of circulation permit from BPOM RI. In addition, one of the aspects that must be registered at the time of registering the product to the BPOM circulation permit, businesses must have good labels and packaging.
Indonesian Student Startup Acceleration (ASMI) is a startup competition for active students from undergraduate universities (academic programs) in Indonesia who have had a startup running for at least 1 (one) year. This program is expected to accelerate the best Indonesian student startups to develop into global startups. The forms of activities carried out include workshop activities, mentoring and Student Startup Accelerator Camp (SSAC). This program is carried out in collaboration with digital technology companies and selected business incubator centers in the country.
This year, the Kalimantan Institute of Technology (ITK) sent a team, YOI aquaculture, to join this competition. YOI Aquaculture is an investment-based business in the field of fisheries. After going through two stages of selection, the ITK team finally qualified to be one of twenty-five selected startups in Indonesia that received grants from the ministry of education. This achievement led ITK to host the assessment of ASMI progress in Kalimantan region on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The event was attended by a team of reviewers, namely, Dr. Wahyuhari Haji, S.Kom., M.M., Head of Entrepreneurship Center of Mercubuana University, and Ir. Edi Suryanto, M.Sc, Ph.D., IPU, Secretary of The Professional Program of Animal Husbandry Engineer Program of Gajah Mada University and Halal Certification Auditor of LP POM MUI DIY, team from belmawa, ASMI participants, and a team of ITK entrepreneurship supervisors. The two teams presenting their startups at this activity were YOI Akuakultur, from ITK, and Sobat Masjid 2.0, from Lambung Mangkurat University (ULM).