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Ethnic shop owners attend food safety course

Ethnic shop owners and staff paid to attend a course organised by Boston Borough Council dealing with food safety.

 Environmental health officers Howard Williams and Trevor Darnes delivered  essentials of food safety training to 23 delegates from the borough. 

 Pictured are Howard Williams and Trevor Darnes (far right) with proprietors and staff from various ethnic retail premises

 Trevor Darnes, Principal Environmental Health Officer, said: "Over the last couple of years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of ethnic retail shops. A number of these shops have experienced problems with issues ranging from unsatisfactory labelling to contamination with the extremely-dangerous Listeria strain of bacteria."

 Howard Williams, Environmental Health Officer, explained: "For some time now officers have been working with the ethnic community to ensure that they fully understand and comply with European food law.  We have undertaken inspections, translated guidance and produced hygiene rules, all of which are aimed at ensuring that these types of shops meet the requirements. The logical progression was to put on a training event reinforcing once again what is expected of such premises."