Get your food handling up to speed

If you’re working or hoping to work in the food industry, now’s your chance to learn how to handle food properly and understand your legal obligations, with Hawkesbury City Council offering a food handling seminar on Wednesday, 27 July 2016.

The seminar will run from 5pm to 8pm at Windsor RSL Club, corner of Argyle and Mileham Streets, South Windsor at a low cost of $51.50 per participant.

According to the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford, these seminars have proven to be very popular with the community whether they are working in a café, restaurant, service club sausage sizzle or the local school canteen.

“Foodborne illness affects millions of Australia every year, so Council is working to improve food safety in the food industry and homes in the Hawkesbury,” Mayor Ford said.

“Council runs several food handlers' seminars throughout the year to help people meet food legislation requirements if they are working or seeking to work in the food industry.

“I encourage people working or seeking to work in the food industry, and residents concerned about food safety, to come along.”

Current food legislation requires all workers in a food environment to have adequate food safety ‘skills and knowledge’. This is to help people to understand their legal obligation when handling food.

“Our trainers are very experienced in the field and love to help people gain the information and skills they need to cover them for working in the food industry,” Mayor Ford continued.

“The seminar can also help to boost people’s chances of getting a job in the local area in the many cafes and restaurants throughout the Hawkesbury.”

Topics covered in the three hour seminar include personal hygiene, time and temperature, food preparation and storage, and cleaning and maintenance. All participants receive an informative summary kit as well as a Certificate of Attendance.

Bookings are essential, visit https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/environment/health-and- safety/food- handling-training to book online. A future seminar is also scheduled for Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 10am to 1pm

Some food handling activities in larger workplaces, in manufacturing, and in high risk food categories will require an accredited food safety certificate seminar rather than a certificate seminar. For more information visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or contact Council’s Environmental Health Officer via email council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4560 4444. All attendees will receive confirmation of the seminar once sufficient attendance numbers are reached.