A training session on food safety and hygiene for formal food premises operating in the KwaMashu area was held on 8 June.
THE Environmental Health Services North 2 Team conducted an important training session on food safety and hygiene for formal food premises operating in the KwaMashu area. This training, which took place on 8 June, formed part of the Health Unit’s awareness campaigns to commemorate World Food Safety Day which is celebrated on 7 June. This year’s theme was ‘Food safety standards save lives’.
Environmental Health Practitioners in KwaMashu held the training session to remind food handlers of the standards and requirements that govern food handling. It served as an opportunity for food handlers to learn about the importance of food safety and hygiene. Sinothile Molefe, a Senior Environmental Health Practioner(EHP) from the KwaMashu Environmental Health Office, presented on food safety and hygiene requirements. She emphasised the importance of following hygiene practices such as washing hands and keeping work surfaces clean. Luleka Njomi, another Senior EHP from the Food Safety Section, presented on food sapling, which is an essential part of ensuring that food is safe to eat.
The training was well-attended. Participants were grateful for the opportunity to learn about food safety and hygiene. The interactive session saw participants ask questions as well as share their experiences. The participants left feeling confident and empowered as they were reminded of the critical role they play in ensuring that the food they serve is safe for consumption. Acting Food Safety Manager Phumzile Mzobe, Nursing Manager Sipho Makhathini, and Environmental Health Services Manager Phindile Vilakazi also lent their support to the event.