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Poll reveals locals want food hygiene posters to be seen at all times

The results are in about food hygiene…

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Of more than six hundred West Sussex residents, 98% felt that it should be compulsory for businesses to display food hygiene ratings.

These are the results of a poll by West Sussex Trading Standards.

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It also showed that 41% would not eat at a business that does not display their rating voluntarily and 57% would only buy from a business rated 4 (Good) or 5 (Very Good).

Ratings range from 0 (Urgent Improvement Required) to 5 (Very Good) and are typically given to places where food is supplied.

The results of the poll will be used to influence local food businesses and encourage them to improve their rating.

It is currently voluntary in England for food businesses including restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels and supermarkets to display their hygiene rating.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“These results are incredibly interesting and show just how important food hygiene ratings are to West Sussex consumers.

“It clearly shows the standards expected of food businesses and will hopefully encourage those who fall short of the higher ratings to book a place on one of our courses and learn how to improve.”

Peter Aston, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said:

“These results show it makes commercial sense for local food businesses, not only to secure a high food hygiene rating but also to ensure it is prominently displayed.

“If they are struggling to reach the criteria, I would strongly encourage booking a place on one of our business support courses to help them secure the custom of West Sussex residents.”

Trading Standards run Gain and Maintain a 5-star rating workshop in partnership with Horsham District Council Environmental Health Officers to help food businesses improve their hygiene ratings.

Also included is the training and materials a food business needs to implement a robust allergens control management system – on average over 10 people a year die from anaphylaxis due to consuming an undeclared food allergen at a catering business.

The next course is taking place on Friday 12 October from 10am to 1pm at Centenary House, Worthing.

Places can be booked here.

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Don’t miss out on the Lymphoedema Awareness Workshop at Crawley Hospital

The workshop is being held in March.

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As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week 2019, which is 3rd – 9th March, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is holding a Lymphoedema Information and Education Workshop on Wednesday 6th March 2-4 p.m at
The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, Wentworth House, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH.

This workshop will be led by Yvette Jordan, UK Lymphology Clinics Training Director and she will be supported by Olive Tree volunteer therapists Anna Parsons and Juliette Cross.

Affecting 1 in 5 patients, lymphoedema is a distressing condition and a known side effect of cancer treatment. It is caused because the flow of fluid within the lymphatic system has been disrupted because of surgery and having lymph nodes removed. 

This makes it harder for the lymph fluid to drain away which means that this excess fluid can then build up between the tissues and cause swelling of the arm, leg or surrounding area. 

Lymphoedema can develop weeks, months or even years after cancer treatment but early diagnosis by healthcare professionals and treatment by specialist lymphoedema therapists can help to reduce the severity of the condition.

Attendance will be of great value to anyone affected by cancer, including patients and healthcare professionals and will provide everything they need to know about lymphoedema. 

Topics covered will include:

• What is Lymphoedema?

• How does Lymphoedema happen?

• Who is most at risk?

• Recognising clinical signs of early Lymphoedema

• Best methods and early applications for a preventative approach

• Questions and answers

Yvette Jordan, who will be leading the workshop said:

“Much more awareness is needed with early intervention which is essential to help patients manage this disabling disease”.

To book your place on this informative workshop for 2-4 p.m. please call 01293 534465

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