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Council joins National Food Safety Week to highlight "the people who protect your plate"

South Holland District Council is throwing its weight behind National Food Safety Week - the focus this year being on the work of the tens of thousands of organisations and individuals across the food supply chain working behind-the-scenes to ensure that food is safe and what it says it is.

With 950 food-related businesses in South Holland, National Food Safety Week (June 4 - 10) launched by The Food Standards Agency, is important to the area. Under the banner of "the people who protect your plate" Food Safety Week will shine a light on the people working day in, day out to make sure consumers can trust the food on their plates.

Food plays a crucial role in the district, with over 35% of the food consumed in the UK touching South Holland at some point. South Holland District Council (SHDC) is committed to ensuring food safety for the district and its residents, and on the SHDC website you can discover information on food poisoning and infectious diseases, the routes you can take to lodge a food safety complaint, national food hygiene ratings and how to go about starting your own food business. Visit South Holland District Council's food page to find out more.

They also created the Environmental Health Training and Consultancy, whose primary purpose is to help and support businesses across a variety of areas, including food safety and hygiene. EHT&C can offer Food Safety training up to Level 4, coaching and consultancy to help your business grow and be fully compliant and offer advice to new start-ups, available both on-site and at the EHT&C office.

Councillor Anthony Casson, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said: "Food is such a key part of everyday life and the economy in South Holland. National Food Safety Week provides a brilliant opportunity to recognise its impact on the district and to acknowledge the people throughout the food production chain who work hard every week of the year to ensure businesses comply with the rules and food standards remain high."

Craig Fowler, Commercial Manager of EHT&C said: "We have over 950 food related business in South Holland and EHT&C are here to help with any issues or ideas that they may have. We are also here to help our residents and as we enter barbeque season making sure you know how to prepare and cook things like meat safely is as important as ever. There are some great guides on SHDC's and the Food Standard Agency's websites and I would urge people to read more if they can."

You can find out more information on National Food Safety Week at Protecting Your Plate. To find out about how EHT&C can work for you, or any upcoming courses, visit the EHT&C website