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Learning about the ABC

The official launch of Asian Business Connexions (ABC) took place recently in the presence of special guests including the world-renowned Indian classical dancer, Ash Mukherjee. Attendees were welcomed by a dholl and sitar player and treated to cultur- ally creative cuisine.

For the range of local, national and international dignitaries and

Improve the score on your door!

There are number of self audit checks restaurants can carry out to make sure food preparation is carried out in safe, organised environment, points out Sylvia Anderson, a leading Food Hygiene and Safety specialist. Record keeping is particularly important and Sylvia offers three tips:

* Always fill in the corrective actions /diary section. If you have a fridge breakdown for example writing it down could be important in proving how you dealt with the problem.

* Make sure more than one member of staff is trained and ready to do the checks as absence will not be an acceptable excuse for no records.

With more councils publishing the results of their inspections on-line and scoring restaurants on their food safety results, it is more important than ever for businesses to be pre- pared when the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) pays a visit.

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* If you get a new fridge or freezer or start a new activity, such as serving a hot buffet, don’t forget to add the appropriate checks to the list.

When it comes to cleaning, her advice is to make sure you are using the right


chemical for the right job and at the correct concentration.If staff have limited knowledge of the English lan- guage find a trainer who can train them and answer questions in their native tongue. Staff training needs should be analysed on a regular basis and their skills and knowledge are kept up to date.

Finally Sylvia says, “Get advice. Ask other owners that you know to have a good food safety rating to help you to make improvements in your own. And maintain a good relationship with your local environmental health officer.”

Ignoring these tips could be expen- sive as a food safety incident could cost a business dearly in the long run. “Getting a specialist in to help you can be a proactive approach to put all the right measures in place so business benefits, your staff and customers will be happy and you could end up with a very high score on your door!,” Sylvia concludes.

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businesses present, key- note speakers, including ABC’s chief executive Nitin Shukla, spoke about the issues facing the business community at large, the benefits of better cohesion and the significant con- tribution that Asian busi- nesses make to the region’s economic and general well- being. Time was devoted to explaining ABC’s key objec- tives, which include offering its members funding, ten- dering and training oppor- tunities, business health checks and support, net- working events and cross member / trade discounts. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56
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