Scotland: Fraserburgh’s Eastern Europeans get top marks in Food Hygiene –

Scotland: Fraserburgh’s Eastern Europeans get top marks in Food Hygiene Published:  29 June, 2006

FOURTEEN Eastern European fish processing workers in Fraserburgh have been presented with food hygiene awards by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS).

In a new training programme approved by REHIS and presented by The Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish), the workers from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland achieved an average 90% pass rate at Young’s Bluecrest factory in the ‘Broch’.

Presenting the awards, REHIS President, John Stirling, said “REHIS and Seafish have a long history of joint working in the provision of food hygiene training, and we are very pleased to have entered into this partnership with them. We are delighted to be acknowledging the conscientiousness and achievement of this latest group of fish processing employees.”

To achieve their REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate, the workers undertook training and an exam in subjects such as bacteria; food poisoning and its prevention; personal hygiene; the working environment; cleaning practices; common food pests and food safety law.

All of Youngs Bluecrest’s 120 employees in Fraserburgh undergo appropriate training and 35 of them have come to Scotland from Eastern Europe with a wide range of professional work experience.

Over the last two years, 60,000 people across Scotland have received the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate after attending the course and sitting the exam – but this is the first time the standard REHIS course has been delivered by Seafish.

Although this course was conducted in English, Seafish has recently developed a range of training materials and DVDs in other languages for use by migrant workers.

REHIS also produces Elementary Food Hygiene Exam Papers in many foreign languages including Polish, Russian and Slovakian. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.