Newtownabbey Borough Council recently hosted food hygiene seminars for Chinese food businesses in the borough.
The sessions saw Environmental Health Officers provide information on guidance issued from the Food Standards Agency to help the businesses with their food safety management systems.
The two two-hour sessions, which took place in Mossley Mill, focused on the importance of control measures required to prevent contamination of foods with E.coli 0157 and other food poisoning bacteria.
The seminars were attended by staff from 29 Chinese catering premises, who were guided through presentations with the help of a Mandarin and Cantonese interpreter.
Colin Kelly, Principal Environmental Health Officer (Food Safety) commented: “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.
“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.”
For information about upcoming food hygiene seminars and training courses log on to www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/foodhygienecourses or telephone 028 9034 0161.
Food hygiene ratings are available online at http://ratings.food.gov.uk