Free seminar for Galwegians interested in starting up a small food business

A free seminar to help Galwegians starting up a small food business will be held in Galway on May 28.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is holding the seminar to assist those working in small food businesses or those who are thinking of setting up a food business.

Despite the economic downturn, the FSAI reports a five per cent increase in the number of food businesses established in Ireland over the last five years, currently standing at 46,000.

The free half-day seminar will bring together experts from the FSAI and the Health Service Executive to provide assistance for new businesses and provide advice on compliance with food safety legislation.

Experts on the day will explore everything from registering a new food business, food product development, food safety training requirements, setting up a food safety management system, labelling regulations, traceability, the food recall process, inspections and the information resources available from the FSAI. There will be a number of Q&A sessions throughout the morning and experts will be available after the event closes for further discussion.

According to Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI, the seminar is a one-stop-shop for anyone thinking about starting a small food business.

“Our aim is to reduce the barriers faced by food entrepreneurs seeking to enter the food sector and make it easier to comply with all the various requirements and food regulations. This seminar is one of a number of supports we provide on an ongoing basis. We have a free advice line and a dedicated online resource to assist business people in Galway and the surrounding areas thinking of setting up a new food outlet or business,” he says.

The event takes place from 8am to 12.15pm on May 28 at the Galway Bay Hotel, The Promenade, Salthill, Galway.

Booking is advised and further information is available at www.fsai.ie/events

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