One Day Update Seminar for REHIS Trainers

The seminar will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 22 October.Subjects to be covered during the day will include updates on food borne disease, food allergies and intolerances, E.coli O157, Noroviruses and food handlers,HACCP and food safety training. Booking forms will be sent to REHIS Approved Training Centres in the near future. For further information please contact the REHIS office.

SEPA thanks local authorities for assistance!

The first State of Contaminated Land Report for Scotland is presently being prepared by SEPA's Martin Valenti. Martin informs REHIS that SEPA have received a 100% response and offers his sincere thanks to all Scottish local authorities for submitting their questionnaires on time.

Dates for your diary

REHIS Annual Presentation of Awards, Edinburgh, 19 November 2008 (evening event). REHIS Environmental Health Update, Edinburgh, 20 November 2008 (am). REHIS Annual General Meeting, Edinburgh, 20 November 2008 (pm). For more information on these events contact the REHIS Office.

Food Standards Agency guidance on vacuum packing

The Agency has produced guidance and a factsheet to help minimise the risk of Clostridium botulinum in vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods. The guidance is designed to assist small businesses and local authority environmental health officers assess the risks. Link to the guidance

New Publication - Public health significance of urban pests

Xavier Bonnefoy, Helge Kampen and Kevin Sweeney
ISBN 978 92 890 7188 8
This excellent handbook consisting of almost 600 pages of text, tables and colour illustrations, has just been published by WHO Europe.

REHIS Journal - Summer Edition

The Summer 2008 edition of Environmental Health Scotland, the REHIS Journal, can be accessed on the members area.
Members will receive their copies of the Journal in the next 7 to 10 days.

Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland Elementary Food and Health tutor promotion

Community Food and Health Scotland (CFHS) is a national organisation that supports local communities to tackle inequalities in food and health. CFHS is keen to support organisations in the homeless sector to strengthen their capacity/ability to deliver food and health promoting activity by helping to increase the number of accredited REHIS Elementary Food and Health course tutors in the homeless sector.

Exploration of Adult Food Portion Size Tools- April 2008

The Eatwell plate is the national food guide used in Scotland. The guide introduces the five food groups used in nutritional planning, illustrates the types of foods within each group, the balance between groups and provides guidance on frequency and portion sizes of fruits, vegetables and fish. The study aims to identify approaches to designing quantitative guidance on food consumption for adults and to ascertain perceived desirability and practical communication issues surrounding the use of such guidance.

South Lanarkshire Council celebrate a milestone in food safety training

Food hygiene training courses for local businesses have been running for almost ten years at South Lanarkshire Council.This month saw the 5000th person complete their training at the REHIS Approved Training Centre based in Hamilton.
At an award ceremony on the 2 June Councillor Gerry Convery, Chair of Community Resources, South Lanarkshire Council marked the milestone of the 5000th participant to receive their REHIS Certificate in Food Hygiene by presenting Caroline Duris from Alexander Young Bakers, Hamilton with her certificate.

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