‘Food Safety Week’ at Kettering Mind

Published: Monday, 11th July 2016

Local charity teams up with Council to help waste less food

As part of Food Safety Week which ran from 4 -10 July 2016, Kettering Borough Council's Public Services teamed up with Kettering Mind to promote this year’s campaign.  

This year the Food Standards Agency focused on ways in which we can all waste less food and use leftovers safely.  
As part of that promotion, on 6 July, Environmental Health Officers from the Public Services Team visited Kettering Mind, Russell Street, Kettering and cooked up ‘Super Nachos’ with some of the Mind members. 

Throughout the cooking demonstration, messages on food safety and effective hand hygiene were also communicated to ensure that cooking using leftovers is done so safely and hygienically.  

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

”Environmental Health Officers are normally portrayed as enforcement officers. Our role is much wider than that and Food Safety Week gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the public health work that we also undertake. Working with Mind gave us a great opportunity to engage with this sector of the community and share some important messages.”

Jennie Radford, Peer Support and Service User Involvement Worker at Kettering Mind, said:

"The day provided a fantastic opportunity for individuals to gain a good understanding of food safety and how to prepare meals through the use of leftovers. The day was well attended and it was lovely to see people working as a team and interacting with others they may not have necessarily spoken with before.  We were also left with fantastic information and recipes. Thank you to Kettering Borough Council for taking the time to come to our centre."  

Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:

“A fundamental part of our work is to proactively promote the health and wellbeing of the residents of the Borough.  Working with Kettering Mind during Food Safety Week was a great way to get health and food safety messages to a part of our community who may not normally get the chance to have the one-to-one time that this project offered”.