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Published 15th January 2015, 4:55pm

Certification courses in basic food hygiene are being offered by the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), beginning in January.

All persons working in the food industry who have not yet taken one of these training courses or those needing to update their certification, should register to attend.

"Operators of Food Businesses are reminded that DEH requires all personnel handling food to be trained" says Food Safety Officer Gideon Simms.

Course dates are as listed below:

  • 14th & 28th January
  • 11th & 25th February
  • 11th & 25th March
  • 15th & 29th April
  • 13th & 27th May
  • 10 & 24th June

Each session will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the DEH conference room in the CI Environmental Centre, located at 580 North Sound Road.

A registration cost of $15 per person covers all materials and fees should be paid at DEH headquarters, also at 580 North Sound Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Basic Food Handlers' training will equip participants with sufficient knowledge to prevent food-borne illness and the spread of food-borne pathogens. Certification lasts for three years. Persons wishing to continue as food handlers after expiry must renew their certification.

For more information, call the DEH at 949-6696.