On December 16-23rd, 2017 Dr. Aramouni was a volunteer with the United-Nations Development Program (UNDP) in his native Lebanon and provided Food Safety Preventive Control (FSPC) training in English, French, and Arabic to food professionals to help them comply with FDA regulations for Foreign Supplier Verification under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Forty-five people from various companies that export food to the U.S., along with government food inspectors, received the Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) certification. Dr. Aramouni will travel back to the Middle East this Summer for 4 additional projects:
1) To provide Train the Trainer food safety sessions to UN personnel working in Syrian refugee camps in cooperation with the Italian Barilla Pasta company and the UNDP.
2) To review the newly developed Bachelor of Science program in Food Safety at Notre-Dame University (NDU Louize) in Lebanon with USAID/Land-O-Lakes
3) To Provide Food Product Development workshops with the Lebanese Food Industry Association
4) To provide training on new FDA labeling regulations and additional FSPC workshops with various consulting groups