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Hygiene specialist franchise Chemex is working with environmental health departments across the UK to help restaurants and food producers run safe and successful businesses.

Chemex, in conjunction with environmental health officers, is staging a series of focus groups across the UK for butchers and meat producers to provide them with the latest information about hygiene systems and food safety standards.

At the same time, Chemex, whose global network of 80 franchise owners supply commercial cleaning, hygiene and maintenance products, will run roadshows with a number of environmental health departments to brief them on new developments in hygiene products and how they work. Chemex Commercial Director Sean Derrig (pictured (R) with Mark Green (L)) said: "Chemex and environmental health departments share a common goal in wanting to help caterers and food producers to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

"As far as I am aware this is the first time there has been such close co-operation between hygiene suppliers and environmental health officers. It is an exciting development and one which I'm sure will bring major benefits to all those involved in preparing and serving food."

The joint venture started initially through a link up with environmental health officers in Cheshire West and Chester Council, after the city council's Food Safety Manager Mark Green was invited to address the Chemex annual conference.

Mark said: "This initiative was prompted by the work being undertaken in butchers shops by environmental health officers across the country. This was in response to the Pennington report into the South Wales E.coli 0157 outbreak.

"The training days proved invaluable and the information sharing from both sides highlighted our common goals in ensuring food safety."


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