Food safety awards happening soon

Food safety to be recognised

The Food Safety Awards and Conference are on again to recognise the hard efforts and award local food businesses who have maintained a high standard of food hygiene.

The awards will take place on Monday, November 17 at the Queen Elizabeth II Seniors and Community Centre at 1.45pm for registrations and a 2pm start with light refreshments.

Durack Institute of Technology, Department of Health Tobacco Unit and the City of Greater Geraldton will all provide small presentations on food safety.

City of Greater Geraldton Manager Environmental Health and Sustainability, Mark Chadwick, said the City implemented the Star Rating Awards system to recognise food handlers that make commitment towards demonstrating high standards and compliance with the Food Act 2008.

“The awards not only recognise and reward local businesses, it also educates and motivates consumers to seek out establishments that identify a particular star rating,” he said.

“Routine inspections and star rating evaluations are performed throughout the year. Premises can then receive a three or four star rating, or the highest at five stars which the City encourages businesses to strive towards.”

The main objective if the Star Rating Awards is to provide relevant food industry information and reward food businesses that have made an extra effort to gain a higher star rating.

All registered food businesses are invited to attend the event.

For more information on the Food Safety Awards and Conference contact Viraj Ballanthudaachchige or Emily Mace on (08) 9956 6600.