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Sodexo runs food safety day at CMFT

sodexoSodexo has teamed up with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to run a food safety day for staff and patients at Central Manchester University Hospitals. The awareness day, which was held at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and St Mary's Hospital last week, was focused on campylobacter poisoning and safe handling of raw meat.

Sodexo, which provide services including portering, catering, security and helpdesk at Central Manchester, has been working with the FSA for several months to develop Food Safety Ambassadors at the Trust. These ambassadors not only champion food safety in the workplace but in the home and are helping to educate our clients.

The food safety day was arranged as part of this programme and reflects the overarching partnership between Sodexo and the Trust to promote better health and safety awareness on site.

Jonathan Preece, a development chef for Sodexo's healthcare division, staged a demonstration of how to handle and prepare chicken safety, taking into account cooking times and cleaning down after food preparation. In the Children's Atrium there were a whole series of craft activities all based around chickens to help spread the message to young patients and their families in a fun and interactive way. Other activities included a hand wash station with light box and information stands in different areas of the hospitals.

The FSA has been focused on reducing camplylobacter poisoning in 2015 with its Chicken Challenge campaign aimed at consumers and food service professionals. Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK, with up to 4 out of 5 cases of food poisoning coming from contaminated poultry and especially chicken. Sodexo supported the FSA's Food Safety Week in May right across its business, encouraging teams to give a campylobacter 'Safety Moment' before team meetings.

Sodexo health and safety manager Mandy Reed said; "Sodexo is committed to embedding a world-class health and safety culture across our company and we work very closely with our clients to do this on a site-by-site basis. The Food Safety Day is a great example of how we can collaborate with clients and experts like the FSA to educate people and change behaviours in a practical way."

Kevin Hargin, Head of Foodborne Disease at the Food Standards Agency; 'Awareness of campylobacter poisoning and safe handling of poultry is particularly pertinent as we approach Christmas and start to think about planning Christmas dinners.

Following this event, Sodexo is intending to work with the FSA on other similar awareness events at other Sodexo sites.