Calling all caterers!

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Caterers are invited to protect their reputations and learn life-saving information at an upcoming food workshop.

Taking place at Parkside, Horsham on June 22 from 6 – 9pm, the training will teach legal responsibilities around food safety and the key factors which contribute to a five-star food hygiene rating.

Topics will include how to:
• Handle, prepare, cool and store food hygienically
• Understand the differences between food allergies, intolerances and food sensitivities
• Be aware of the common symptoms of an allergic reaction
• Identify the 14 named allergens that must be declared in food products
The event has been organised by West Sussex County Council Trading Standards and Horsham District Council Environmental Health.

West Sussex Trading Standards Manager Peter Aston said: “The serious consequences of poor food hygiene and allergen control should not be underestimated.

“As well as damaging the reputation of the business, in worst cases, it can result in the death of a customer and the imprisonment of the owner.”

“That’s why I strongly encourage caterers to come along and educate themselves.”

Cabinet Member for Stronger, Safer Communities Debbie Kennard said: “Good food hygiene is incredibly important.

“I hope caterers will come and make the most of this excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge on the subject.”

Catering staff of all levels, including managers and supervisors, are welcome to attend.

Places cost £35 + VAT and can be booked by contacting Trading Standards on 0330 2227669.

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