Serving up a lesson in good food hygiene

Helen Pates (left) checks the quiz answers submitted by Anne-Marie Shepherd (centre) and Tamara Walters.
Helen Pates (left) checks the quiz answers submitted by Anne-Marie Shepherd (centre) and Tamara Walters.

Food safety was on the menu when North Kesteven District Council, in Sleaford, got its teeth into a national campaign from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

More than 100 people from the authority, staff and councillors, took part in a range of activities to promote food safety - and healthy eating - as part of the FSA’s National Food Safety Week.

This year’s theme was the ‘Chicken Challenge’, which aimed to highlight the dangers of incorrectly handling or cooking raw chicken.

As part of the activities, the authority’s technical officers Helen Pates, Anne Smith and Ann Alexander gave tips on the safe storage, handling and cooking of food and how to make healthy food choices.

They also handed out quiz sheets to test their colleagues’ knowledge of food safety.

In addition, the council’s health trainer Debbie Chessum offered advice on lifestyle and fitness. Props included a 5lb slab of ‘fat’ to show how shedding even a few pounds can make a big difference.

Jayne Wilkinson, who runs the popular Jayne’s Pantry at the council, supported the event by providing flapjack treats and cooking up healthy daily specials for staff.

The council’s food team leader Janet Williams said: “Coupled with our extensive support in helping businesses raise their standards for customers and maintain one of the highest proportions of high Food Standards Ratings in the country, our efforts in relation to National Food Safety Week will hopefully be taken on board in everyone’s homes and kitchens.”

For advice on food safety or healthy living, contact the council on 01529 414155.