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Don’t get left in the cold room when it comes to food hygiene

1 October 2015

Western Downs Regional Council are calling all food handlers across the region, from community volunteers to professional workers, to put their food safety knowledge to the test by coming along to a free ‘Basic’ Food Handlers Course, with the first one of this round to be held from Wednesday 7 October.

Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said following the success of the first round of courses held in March, Council are serving up another round this October to give food handlers throughout the Western Downs a chance to refresh their knowledge.

“With Christmas just around the corner, and planning for end-of-year festivities already underway, these courses are a great opportunity for community groups and professional workers who provide food to the public, be it at fundraising barbeques, local events, or restaurants and cafes, to update their knowledge or upskill staff on correct food handling procedures,” he said.

“The courses will focus on topics such as legislative requirements, personal hygiene, food-borne illness, and correct food storage and handling, giving participants the fundamentals so as to maintain safe food service to their customers.

“Council has previously offered similar courses and these have been really well received by the community. It is just one way that we work with our communities to help ensure safe and correct practices when handling food for the public.”

Those interested in attending a Food Handlers Course in their area need to RSVP at least three days prior to the course by contacting Council by: emailing info@wdrc.qld.gov.au; in writing to PO Box 551, Dalby QLD 4405; by phoning 1300 COUNCIL; or online at Council’s Food Hygiene webpage.

A limit of 25 places are available for each course, and a minimum of 12 attendees are needed to hold a session. A Council Officer will provide confirmation of your place over the phone before your nominated session is held.

Please note that this course is not an accredited Food Safety Supervisors course.

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