New Healthy Food Course launched in Dundee

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

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(Scotland)Regulations 2006

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.

Elementary Food Hygiene Examination in Polish

The Elementary Food Hygiene Exam is now available in Polish. For more information please contact the Training Section on 0131 229 2968.

Spitting footballers condemned

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.

OBE awarded to former President

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

New President installed

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 new Fellows

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.

Work exchange - Denmark

Our partner organisation in Denmark, the FMK, has a number of opportunities for work exchange for environmental health officers interested in pollution control.

Concern over private water supplies

The latest figures for households which do not enjoy a public mains supply of water show that up to 95000 people in Scotland are still at risk, with up to 40% of those supplies failing to meet the required standards.

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