Food Safety Seminars To Help Chinese Eateries

March 28, 2014

To help improve their food safety management systems, a series of food hygiene seminars have been held specifically for Chinese eateries by Newtownabbey Borough Council, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The two, two-hour sessions are delivered in Mandarin and Cantonese, through an interpreter. The seminars highlight the importance of control measures required to prevent contamination of foods with E.coli 0157 and other food poisoning bacteria.

“Similar seminars were delivered to other food businesses throughout the year, and we are conscious that a number of businesses may not be attending because of the language barrier. By delivering the seminars in their native language, then we can ensure that important key food safety messages are received,” said Colin Kelly, Principal Environmental Health Officer (Food Safety). “As part of the food hygiene rating scheme, hygiene ratings are shown publicly, so good hygiene scores can mean good business. We continue to work with caterers in the borough to improve their food hygiene ratings.”

It is a legal requirement that all food handlers are supervised, instructed and/or trained in Food Hygiene matters to a level that is appropriate to their work.

For information about upcoming food hygiene seminars and training courses visit www.newtownabbey.gov.uk or telephone 028 9034 0161.