Food handlers get training

Certification in basic food hygiene, offered by the Department of Environmental Health will begin 23 January.

All persons working in the food industry who have not yet taken the Basic Food Handlers’ training course, or those needing to update their certifications, should register for one of the sessions on offer from DEH staff.

‘The Agriculture Fair is coming and everyone planning to sell food there should ensure that they are up-to-date with their certification,’ says Senior Food Safety Officer Gideon Simms.

The course may be taken on the dates listed below:

January 23

Basic hygiene

January 30

Basic hygiene

February 13

Basic hygiene

February 27

Basic hygiene

March 12

Basic hygiene

March 26

Basic hygiene

Each session runs from 9am to 4pm and will be held at the DEH conference room in the CI Environmental Centre, located at 580 North Sound Road.

Registration costs of $15 per person covers all materials and these fees should be paid at DEH headquarters, also at 580 North Sound Road, between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Basic food handlers’ training will equip participants with the knowledge to prevent food-borne illness and the spread of food-borne pathogens. Certification lasts for three years; persons who wishing to continue as food handlers after expiry must renew their certifications.

For more information, call the DEH at 949-6696 or 244-4155, or e-mail Tania Johnson at [email protected]. Persons should register for the course by visiting DEH at 580 North Sound Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.