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Kenyan council officials visit Lichfield on fact-finding mission

A delegation from Kenya have visited the area to see how Lichfield District Council regulates food safety and supports local business development.

Ten local government officials from the African country council officials on a visit to Florette in Fradley to see the food safety checks that are carried out.

Nina Dawes (Chief Exec of Lichfield District Council) and Michael Okumu (City Council of Nairobi)

Nina Dawes (Chief Exec of Lichfield District Council) and Michael Okumu (City Council of Nairobi)

The visit was one of the stops on the delegates’ week-long tour of the UK to explore areas of food safety, health and safety, and licensing. Organised and funded by the International Finance Corporation, the aim of the tour is to help the Kenyan officials to reform the way they regulate businesses back home.

On the day, the group, which included officials from the city councils of Nairobi and Mombasa and two members of the International Finance Corporation, were given a tour of the salad processing plant to see how Florette maintain high food hygiene standards.

During the tour, Lichfield District Council’s food team explained how it works with businesses to make sure the right structures are in place to reduce the need for regulation.

Councillor Ian Pritchard, Lichfield District Council’s cabinet member for housing, health and environmental protection, said: “We were delighted to welcome our Kenyan colleagues and to give them an insight into how we work.

“We explained that having good relationships with our local businesses is key to the economic growth of the district. We also explained how we work with local businesses to help them put the right structures in place, so sensible regulation complements local enterprise.”

Sandy Sewell, Commercial Director at Florette, added: “It has been a pleasure to welcome officials from Kenya to Florette to showcase our food, health and safety procedures and to demonstrate our working relationship with Lichfield District Council. I hope the tour of Florette has proven useful and look forward to hearing how it impacts operations in Kenya.”

Lichfield District Council also talked to the delegation about the role of IT and data sharing.

Cllr Colin Greatorex, cabinet member for organisational development and community, said: “We described how information, and the way we share it across public agencies, plays a vital role in supporting business development and growth.”

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