Chinese food businesses across South Kesteven have attended a workshop on food hygiene put on by South Kesteven District Council.
The two-hour session at the St Peter’s Hill offices in Grantham yesterday (Monday) saw environmental health officers pass on themes and tips from the Food Standards Agency guidance relating to E coli.
As part of one of the council’s priorities to help grow the economy, SKDC is committed to helping and supporting businesses to operate successfully.
The session focused on the importance of hand washing in a food premises and the measures required to prevent contamination of foods with E coli and other food poisoning bacteria.
Attendees from 17 businesses were given notes with translation to help them with their food management systems together with being guided through the presentations with the help of a Mandarin and Cantonese interpreter.
Many Chinese businesses had already attended the previous English speaking sessions but the authority wanted to ensure the workshop was accessible to all members of the Chinese community.
SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Coun John Smith said: “We are very conscious businesses may not have been attending because of the language barrier.
“We’re glad this session was made available to be a link to food outlets that otherwise may not have received key messages on food hygiene.
“Good hygiene means good business, particularly where publically you can show your rating through The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme which SKDC endorses.
“We already know the vast majority of food businesses in South Kesteven have very good hygiene but the more help and guidance restaurants and take away ownersreceive, the better.
“They can then show their customers their business is clean and reputable.”
The council are also set to run seminars later in 2014 relating to new legislation around allergens in food and providing information to customers.