Bilingual food safety seminars Holroyd

Photo Caption: Holroyd City Mayor Nasr Kafrouni and Udaya Supermart manager James Perpinparajah with seminar attendee Manesh Manda using a food thermometer.

Photo Caption: Holroyd City Mayor Nasr Kafrouni and Udaya Supermart manager James Perpinparajah with seminar attendee Manesh Manda using a food thermometer.

BILINGUAL food safety seminars have been launched for Holroyd business owners and handlers to help manage public health.

Holroyd local government area was placed second in a list of western Sydney councils for 2013-14 for the highest number of food safety breaches per resident.

The first bilingual food safety seminar, held in June at Toongabbie Community Centre had a Tamil interpreter, with future sessions planned in Hindi and Arabic.

The seminar covered safety principles including hand washing, sanitising surfaces, temperature control and preparing of food.

Manager of Udaya Supermart at Wentworthville, James Perinparajah, said there had been encouraging signs from staff since attending the seminar.

"I've seen them change what they needed to and look at even more ways they can be safe around food in the shop," he said.

Holroyd council runs 12 seminars and four newsletters a year for handlers, produces a food safety manual and hosts an online training tool on its website, "I'm Alert".

Holroyd mayor Nasr Kafrouni said the council made no apologies for enforcing public health standards but believed in a balanced approach.

"For 39 per cent of our community, English is a second or weaker language so we are now [conducting] our food safety seminars for local businesses in their first languages," he said.

Details: 9840 9840.

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