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Food hygiene and safety breakfast event draws a large crowd of businesses

Businesses from across Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan have attended a free breakfast event which provided informative advice and support on food hygiene and health and safety matters. 

March 25th, 2019

Over 170 delegates booked onto the event at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 13th, representing a diverse range of organisations, including cafés, health boards, nurseries and hotel chains. Environmental Health and Trading Standards professionals from Shared Regulatory Services took to the stage to advise delegates about health and safety in catering and how the food hygiene rating system works in practice.

There was a handy section on preventing the spread of norovirus, as well as hints and tips on how to improve and maintain a food Food and Safety Event 2019hygiene rating. A very topical section on food allergens was also covered, which gave attendees the chance to understand their responsibilities in law whilst ensuring the safety of their customers.

The event provided an opportunity for delegates to mingle with officers and to ask questions which affected their individual businesses. 

Richard Cox from Innovate Trust, a charity which provides support to disabled people, enjoyed the morning: “What an amazing conference! It was very well thought out, planned and managed to a professional yet welcoming level. The information was so well conveyed to the audience at the right pitch, getting rid of the jargon and focussing on what matters really captivated the audience.”

Chair of the Shared Regulatory Services Joint Committee, Cllr Michael Michael said: “Working with businesses in this way provides a number of benefits for the local economy. It gives us as regulators that chance to help businesses reach the highest possible standards, which should set the foundations for a strong customer base.

“Gaining a high food hygiene rating is hugely important for food businesses, and this type of event gives us the chance to help them achieve these aims. Getting things right on the allergens front is a challenge in itself, but we hope the event increased the knowledge and confidence of business operators in this area of food law.“It was really encouraging to see so many people from the food community coming together to discuss, debate and listen over some coffee and pastries.”

Delegates were also informed of the services on offer from SRS, such as mock food hygiene inspections and bespoke health & safety advice visits, along with training and Primary Authority support.