Donations and the proceeds from a raffle at the REHIS Annual Conference Dinner raised the sum of £358. This has been presented to Tracy Morse (née Thomson), a Scottish EHO working on a project with orphans near Blantyre, Malawi. Tracy said 'This is great news. With this money I can buy mosquito nets for 100 orphans and 100 vulnerable individuals and also for the volunteers who assist at the centre (there are 30 of them that help out on a rota). It would make a big difference to
those families especially as we are in the malaria season now.
In the first scheme of its kind in Scotland, a wide range of food providers - such as schools, residential homes and community centres - will be taught at REHIS food-safety training centres around Scotland, how to improve the nutritional value of meals. The course has been devised in conjunction with NHS Health Scotland, The Scottish Executive, Food Standards Agency Scotland, the Scottish Community Diet Project and the Scottish Healthy Choices Award Scheme.
Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 is one of a number of EC Regulations on the hygiene of foodstuffs which should be read in conjunction with the Food Hygiene(Scotland)Regulations 2006.This Regulation covers the general rules of hygiene for foodstuffs and the others lay down specific rules for food of animal origin.
The new food hygiene laws apply in the UK from 1st January 2006. They affect all food businesses, including caterers, primary producers (such as farmers), manufacturers, distributors and retailers. There are a number of new EC Regulations, which apply directly to food businesses in the UK, and also national legislation in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You'll find the new Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006 attached to this Training News entry.
The Elementary Food Hygiene Exam is now available in Polish. For more information please contact the Training Section on 0131 229 2968.
Soccer players who constantly spit show a bad example to youngsters and are a risk to health, according to the Keep Britain Tidy group. They claim that as well as being unsightly, it leads to an increased risk of spreading diseases.
John Summers, a former President of REHIS, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours Lists. John is now Chief Executive with Keep Scotland Beautiful. In response to his award, John stated: "I am absolutely delighted, surprised
John Stirling has taken over the reins of the REHIS Presidency for the next year from Keith McNamara. The handover of the chain of office took place at the Institute's annual general meeting in November , 2005 at the Perth Concert Hall.
Three members of the Institute have been conferred with the award of Fellowship at the annual conference in Perth. They were Dr Kofi Aidoo, a lecturer in food science at Glasgow Caledonian University, John Sleith, Past President of REHIS and presently Food and Safety Regulation Manager with Falkirk Council and Colin Wallace, Service Manager with South Ayrshire Council. The award of Fellowship is made for outstanding contribution to the work of the Institute.
Pictured here are (l to r) John Sleith, Kofi Aidoo, outgoing REHIS President Keith McNamara and Colin Wallace.
Our partner organisation in Denmark, the FMK, has a number of opportunities for work exchange for environmental health officers interested in pollution control.
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