Plans simmer for ‘Clean Food, Great Taste’ training

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Organizers of the “Clean Food, Great Taste” campaign to bring hygiene standards at Thai restaurants and hotels to international standard have are planning to expand training programs to cooking and hospitality schools.

At the new organization’s first meeting March 4, Pattaya consumer protection chief Bubpa Songsakulchai met with Clean Food, Great Taste Club President Sampao Sangthanakorn to discuss approving instructors and inspectors to provide training in local schools and governments.

Pattaya consumer protection chief Bubpa Songsakulchai (right) and Clean Food, Great Taste Club President Sampao Sangthanakorn (left) discuss plans to expand training programs to cooking and hospitality schools.Pattaya consumer protection chief Bubpa Songsakulchai (right) and Clean Food, Great Taste Club President Sampao Sangthanakorn (left) discuss plans to expand training programs to cooking and hospitality schools.

The Association of Thai Chefs has for 10 years been training members on safety and hygiene using the ServSafe standard of United States and Charted Institute of Environmental Health standards of United Kingdom through five-hour courses followed by an hour-long written exam.

The training is encouraged for every member, kitchen worker and anyone who touches food.

In November, the Ministry of Public Health proposed new regulations on food safety, starting the latest round of the “Clean Food, Great Taste” program to certify hotels and restaurants. Fifty-one Pattaya institutions received the first commendations Nov. 20.

All the approved hotels passed inspections carried out by the city Public Health Department.