Sodexo runs food safety day at CMFT
Sodexo 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
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
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
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.