Food safety award for bar

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STAFF at Chekkers Wine Bar in Larne are celebrating after successfully completing a food safety training programme.

Paul Donnelly, manager of the Lower Cross Street business, and his team achieved the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) accredited Level Two Food Safety Award as part of the new Safe People – Safe Places programmes.

The programme was delivered by Chain HR, a LEDCOM social enterprise, in partnership with Larne Borough Council.

Speaking at the graduation event, held in the newly refurbished restaurant at Chekkers, CIEH NI director Gary McFarlane said: “Research has shown that completion of this kind of training is a major component of good food safety practice within a business.

“As the worlds leading provider of food safety training, we are delighted to be associated with innovative programmes within the Larne Borough Council area and are actively working with both Chain HR and the council to try and develop other key areas that will assist local businesses in becoming more effective, as well as socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.”

Philip Thompson, director of environmental services for Larne Council added: “The training of staff is a key component to ensuring the operation of a safe, hygienic food business. Chekkers Wine Bar is to be congratulated for taking this comprehensive approach.”