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Support and guidance for food distributors

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Dudley Council is offering advice and guidance to food distributors who are supporting the borough’s most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.

Since the outbreak took hold in this country, the borough has seen a number of kind-hearted individuals and businesses introduce new ways of working to support those residents in the borough who many need to self-isolate or shield from the public.

This includes organisations, which have turned their hand to delivering food parcels or essential items.

Some food businesses have also changed from offering eat-in to takeaway services in line with government restrictions and guidelines.

To ensure safety, some of these organisations may need to be registered and the council’s environmental health team is able to help them through this process.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and social care, said:

We are so incredibly grateful to every individual or business that has taken the time to support the borough’s efforts in delivering essential supplies to our residents.
For some, it could mean they need to be registered as a food business or distributor for the first time and we want to help people through this process.
If you have started to operate a food bank or deliver food parcels in the community for the first time, please contact us for advice about registering the premises where you are carrying this out.
Similarly if you are an existing food business which has changed the way you operate, please let us know of any changes.
One of the team will be able to help you register, provide food safety advice as well as guidance on having appropriate social distancing measures in place to protect your workers and the public.

For more information call Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 and ask to speak to the food team.

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