Caterers are invited to learn life-saving skills and boost their reputations at an upcoming workshop.
Taking place on 15 May from 10am to 1pm at Parkside, Horsham, 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 and cook 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 can be incredibly serious.
“In the past customers have lost their lives as a result of allergic reactions and business owners have been sent to prison.
“That’s why I strongly encourage catering staff of all levels to attend this course.”
Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, Debbie Kennard, said: “Unnecessary deaths as a result of allergic reactions can be easily avoided with the right training.
“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 or by emailing trading.standards@westsussex.