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Focus on food safety for World Environmental Health Day

03 October 2018
Caterers Solomzi Dayiman (second left) and Martha Nodaka (second right) get their certificates of attendance at the hygiene training organised by Kouga Municipality. With them are the municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioners Noluthando Spengane-Biyana (left) and Darrol Petersen.

Caterers Solomzi Dayiman (second left) and Martha Nodaka (second right) get their certificates of attendance at the hygiene training organised by Kouga Municipality. With them are the municipality’s Environmental Health Practitioners Noluthando Spengane-Biyana (left) and Darrol Petersen.

Kouga Municipality marked this year’s World Environmental Health Day (WEHD) by training caterers on food hygiene at the Newton Hall in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday last week. 

 

The International Federation of Environmental Health declared 26 September as "World Environmental Health Day", to be celebrated across the globe every year.

 

This year’s theme was: “Global Food Safety and Sustainability”.

 

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said the main aim of the training was to support the provision of  nutritious and safe food, as well as potable water. 

 

"We also wanted to encourage communities to value sustainable food production.

 

“We decided to target caterers, mainly because they make and provide food for members of the public at large,” he said.

 

The caterers were trained on food safety and food-borne illnesses such as listeriosis.

 

They were also trained on the dangers of counterfeit food and personal hygiene.

 

Benson said food safety was increasingly under threat because of various factors, stemming from production and preparation methods.

 

“There are various food-borne diseases that result from the ingestion of contaminated products.

 

“Therefore, health education programmes such as WEHD is a useful measure to ensure that there is proper and safe handling, preparation and storage of food,” he said.

 

About 30 caterers were trained on the day.