Local food businesses and producers will have the chance to get up-to-date with the latest food safety laws at the NSW Food Regulation Partnership Forum’s annual regional meeting, at Merimbula RSL Club on Thursday, July 31.
The forum has never been held in the South East region before, and Bega Valley Shire Council environmental health coordinator Greg O’Donnell says it is a coup for the area.
Together with the NSW Food Authority, council is responsible for ensuring regulations are upheld, and conducts regular checks at local businesses and markets.
"This meeting is one of the ways in which the NSW Food Authority and Council offers businesses the opportunity to ask questions about the food laws, and other programs such as Scores on Doors and Food Safety Supervisors,” he said.
"Attendees will also have the opportunity to raise any concerns before the forum at a meeting of retail food businesses and local council environmental health officers.
“A presentation will also be given on the Scores on Doors program, outlining the benefits it can bring to both your business and your customers.”
Sprout Eden manager and Nethercote Markets organiser Karen Lott is one of many locals keen to attend.
“I think it’s a brilliant opportunity and I’ll certainly be attending, as will others I’ve spoken to including Stan [Soroka] from Eden Smokehouse,” Karen said.
“It’s great that they’re bringing it to this area for a change and giving us a chance to ask our questions.
“It’s also important from a market perspective; we’ve got stringent standards to meet, as with any food business.”
The meeting will run from 10am to 12pm and be followed by a late lunch, with on-the-day registrations from 9.30am.
To register, go to www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/frgroupmerimbula