Mead­ow­brook Meat Mar­ket of­fer­ing food han­dling cer­ti­fi­ca­tion course

New ini­tia­tive prom­ises quick turn­around for book­ings

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - WWW.KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Sara.eric­s­son@kingscountynews.ca

While al­ready cer­ti­fi­ably awe­some, Mead­ow­brook Meat Mar­ket is get­ting ready to of­fer a dif­fer­ent kind of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to its whole­sale cus­tomers.

The busi­ness has launched the new ini­tia­tive with the help of Roger Flynn, a mem­ber of their ad­min­is­tra­tive team, who is a cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor of the Food Han­dler’s Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Course.

Flynn is a reg­is­tered food cer­ti­fi­ca­tion trainer, and will head the ses­sions, which will each last six to eight hours, de­pend­ing on group sizes, with the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exam at the end.

Right around when Flynn was think­ing set­ting up the new ven­ture might mean great things for both the mar­ket and its whole­sale clients, he got a call from some­one who’d reached out to a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram in Hal­i­fax.

“She told me she’d been no­ti­fied that the ear­li­est avail­able time was at the end of the sum­mer,” he said.

The mar­ket’s pro­gram is look­ing at a two to three-week turn­around, to make sure no one is left wait­ing.

“This is re­ally where we can step in – we can cut down those wait times for our clients by of­fer­ing the ser­vice our­selves,” said Flynn.

The ser­vice will cer­tify those who par­tic­i­pate with a ba­sic level of food safety train­ing. Af­ter tak­ing the exam, cer­tifi­cates are valid for five years.

Flynn said he’s ex­cited to see how the ser­vice will be used by dif­fer­ent busi­nesses within the An­napo­lis Val­ley area, since the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is a manda­tory one for most busi­nesses deal­ing with food.

The ser­vice will also be a flex­i­ble one, with train­ing ses­sions hap­pen­ing in the client’s own space – in an area like a lunch or meet­ing room – and will have flex­i­ble book­ing times.

“Mar­kets, restau­rants, cafes, they all need this ser­vice. This could re­ally help peo­ple in our area out, since they wouldn’t have to wait months to com­plete the course. I’m ex­cited to see peo­ple take ad­van­tage of this,” he said.

To book a class in ad­vance, call Roger Flynn at 902-538-3623 or email at mead­ow­brook­farm@ ns.sym­pa­tico.ca.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

Roger Flynn is part of Mead­ow­brook Meat Mar­ket’s ad­min­is­tra­tive team and will be head­ing the new food cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram to be of­fered to the mar­ket’s whole­sale clients.

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