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Environmental health team at Aberdeenshire Council recognised for work


By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire Council’s environmental health team has been recognised for its efforts during the Covid pandemic at this year’s Food and Drink Federation Awards.

The event celebrated the diversity, dedication and sheer energy of those who work across UK food and drink in what has been a uniquely challenging year for everyone in the industry.

The local authority's environmental health team was a finalist in the Hidden Heroes Award which spotlighted the achievements of those who had inspired judges by the way they have confronted recent challenges.

Lorna Ross, food and safety support officer with Aberdeenshire Council, made the nomination to showcase staff who had gone “above and beyond” to ensure that existing food businesses, new food firms, employees and members of the general public had all the information and support they needed to ensure they could serve food safely during the global pandemic.

She said: “From performing video inspections, running live webinars, dealing with email and phone enquires and generally being available 24/7 to answer queries and keep the public safe, this team worked quietly in the background going about their jobs keeping everyone safe.

“Whether it be a food query or a Covid-19 query there has always been someone ‘right there’ ready to deal with questions and it is time they got some recognition and reward for doing things right.”

Aberdeenshire Council's environmental health team has been recognised for its efforts during the Covid pandemic at this year’s Food and Drink Federation Awards.
Aberdeenshire Council's environmental health team has been recognised for its efforts during the Covid pandemic at this year’s Food and Drink Federation Awards.

Belinda Miller, head of economic development and protective services at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “I am delighted the team was made a finalist in these awards.

"Never has it been so important that we recognise the work everyone within our services is doing than during the Covid pandemic.

“Holding the fort for the last year has been tough and exhausting, but our staff continue to battle through with resilience and smiles to support our communities and businesses.”


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