Food for thought on restaurant hygiene

CEREMONY ... members of the local Bangladeshi community who were presented with their food hygiene certificates by the deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, Coun Alan Kerr.
CEREMONY ... members of the local Bangladeshi community who were presented with their food hygiene certificates by the deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, Coun Alan Kerr.
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A GROUP of restaurateurs are putting hygiene on the menu after completing a food safety course.

Staff from South Tyneside’s Bangladeshi eateries were presented with certificates by the deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, Alan Kerr, at a ceremony at Baring Street Mosque in South Shields.

The council’s food safety team worked closely with HB Training and Groundwork and interpreters to deliver a series of level one food hygiene training courses to the local Bangladeshi community.

They are due to build on their success with a second set of courses in the autumn.

Instructions are also being translated into Bengali to help students to comply with food hygiene requirements.

Meanwhile, the man in charge of the British Curry Awards is warning food lovers to beware of restaurants making false claims.

Enam Ali, MBE, who organises the annual national event, says some curry restaurants are falsely claiming in their advertising or other promotional material to be award winners.

The awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the industry and a major accolade for those who win them.

Mr Ali said: “It is unfair, both on our genuine winners and restaurant customers throughout the UK, that some seek to gain advantage by claiming to be something they are not.

“A list of winners from the last seven years can be found on our website at www.britishcurryawards.co.uk. I would urge people to check and report to us any restaurant that is erroneously claiming past success so that we can take action against them.

“They can do so by e-mailing us at info@britishcurryawards.co.uk.”

The nomination process for the 2012 British Curry Awards is now open, and anyone can put forward a restaurant for consideration.

Last year, 2,700 restaurants were entered for the awards from a record 68,000 public nominations.

Nomination forms are available on the website. The closing date is September 24 and winners will be announced on November 26.

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