Chinese food hygiene awards

Chinese food hygiene awards

A CITY centre restaurant has claimed the first Chinese Food Hygiene Award.

The joint initiative by the Birmingham Chinese Society and City Council successfully helped Chinese restaurants in the city to understand a law introduced in 2006 requiring the implementation of food safety management systems.

Winner was the China Court Restaurant in Ladywell Walk in the heart of Birmingham’s Chinese quarter.

“There are some 350 Chinese restaurants and take-away shops in Birmingham. Most of them are small family run businesses and many people working in these premises speak little or limited English,” said Irene Chu, Chief Executive of the Birmingham Chinese Society and also a Board member of the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum.

“Almost half of the Chinese food outlets received specialist training funded by the Food Standards Agency thanks to this highly successful programme. The Birmingham Chinese Society provided coaches with the language skills to deliver the training and the Award was to recognise those businesses that have done most to implement the food management systems.”

“Here we have a good example of the ethnic community providing practical help to an important part of the local economy,” added Irene who represents the Chinese community on the Forum that provides advice to Advantage West Midlands – the regional development agency.

Runners-up awards were made to Wong’s in the Jewellery Quarter, Wing Wo in Castle Vale, and to Broadstone and Peking Wok both in Yardley.

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