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Indian restaurant and take-away business owners are invited to a seminar at Kidderminster Town Hall on Thursday 10 September.  The seminar will look at important issues affecting local food businesses, including food safety, health and safety and trading standards. It is being run by Worcestershire Regulatory Services Environmental Health and Trading Standards on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council.

More than 50 business owners have already said they will be attending the event which is the third in a series of seminars being around Worcestershire this year.

A major reason for holding the seminars is to help Indian businesses better understand the new Food Information Regulations and what they need to do about allergens in food.  The new Regulations require all businesses to know their menus and be able to give customers relevant information about allergens present in the food they eat.

The event has been developed with considerable input from community leaders and the Bangladesh Caterers Association.  This has enabled WRS officers to focus on key issues raised by local Indian food businesses.  All those attending will be issued with a certificate and an information pack including a set of “top tips” that they can display in the kitchen.    

Councillor Sally Chambers, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing said:          

“This initiative is a very direct and innovative way of working to support our food businesses. A successful first event last November has led to interest countrywide and the level of participation by the community shows they are keen to do things well.  We strongly believe one of the reasons for the success is the input of local community leaders, many of whom run successful food businesses and who have helped WRS officers focus on what matters to our Indian businesses. They are particularly concerned about the impact of the new Food Information Regulations on allergens which present a real challenge, particularly for small businesses. We understand that these business owners both need and value advice on how to change menu descriptions and current working practices to meet the new legal requirements.”

The Indian Restaurant and Takeaway seminar is from 12 noon to 3pm on Thursday 10 September at Kidderminster Town Hall.  If you would like to attend the seminar at the Town Hall, please contact Helen Cameron on 01562 738017 or 07767 204734.

Wyre Forest District Council