27th Oct, 2016

Indian food businesses are on course for new rules

Joshua Godfrey 26th Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

INDIAN restaurants and takeaways in the Vale are serving up some of the highest food safety standards in the country after taking part in a training scheme.

Chefs and owners from Indian food businesses across Wychavon took part in a seminar at the Civic Centre in Pershore last Thursday (August 18) which focused on a range of food and health and safety issues.

The event was organised with support from community leaders and the Bangladesh Caterers Association. It was one of six held across the county and run by Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

The aim of the seminar was to help businesses better understand Food Information Regulations and their responsibilities regarding allergens in food, following the death of a man in North Yorkshire from anaphylactic shock in 2014 after eating a curry with peanuts in.

The owner of the restaurant which served the curry was jailed for six years for manslaughter in May this year.

Restaurant staff from across the county who attended the seminar were presented with certificates and a list of top tips to display in kitchens.

Coun Emma Stokes, board member for Environment and Street Scene at Wychavon District Council, said: “Our Indian food businesses are already delivering some of the highest food safety standards in the country, but we know they were concerned about the impact of the new Food Information Regulations on allergens, which present a real challenge to small businesses.

“We know business owners value the advice given to help them change menu descriptions and current working practices to meet the new legal requirements.

“The level of participation by the community shows they are keen to do things well and we strongly believe one of the reasons for the success of this scheme is the input of local community leaders.”