During HKAS liaising meeting, I met Ms. Lynn Ho and we discussed about Science Park Hygiene Control mechanism. It is golden opportunity to be cooperated with PolyU to implement the Food Hygiene Standard Certification System (FHSCS). Therefore, we arranged a three parties meeting in Science Park on 23rd Dec 2017. In the beginning, Mr. Kevin Edmunds (Senior Manager, Sustainability, HKSTP) briefed our licensing requirement for catering and restaurant type tenants which included Safety, Health and Environment requirements, as well as, Food Hygiene monitoring mechanism. They needed to submit food hygiene report, which performed by Certification Bodies, to us quarterly.
Ms. Jane Lee (Secretary-General Testing and Certification, HKCTC) briefed the role of HKCTC and would like to promote testing and certification in Hong Kong. Food Hygiene Standard Certification System (FHSCS) was one of their focus items.
Dr. Ka-Hing Wong (Associate Professor, Dept. of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology (ABCT), PolyU) introduced the Food Hygiene Standard Certification System (FHSCS) for Catering Industry. Since most companies of catering industry in Hong Kong were SME, they lacked resource to implement ISO 22000. Therefore, they developed a practical standard which fitted the local situation, which is FHS 001:2013 Food Hygiene Systems – Requirements for catering establishments, to develop, implement and maintain a food hygiene system for reducing health risk from food safety hazards and seek for certification. Moreover, they also published a conformity guide to FHS 001:2013.
Dr. Ka-Sing Leung (Visiting Associate Professor (Food Science and Safety), ABCT, PolyU) described the details of FHS 001:2013. There were separated into Hot, Cold and Raw Products. Then he explained the certification system framework.
After the meeting, we took a group photo for memory. We hoped the certificate could pilot implemented in the Science Park as leader role to lead the catering industry for enhancing food safety level in Hong Kong.
(Left: Mr. Jerry Cheung, Ms. Wai-Yin Pang (Assistant Scientific Officer, FSTRC, ABCT, PolyU), Ms. Lynn Shui-lin Ho (Assistant Secretary-General, T&C, HKCTC), Dr. Ka-Hing Wong, Ms. Jane Lee, Dr. Ka-Sing Leung, Mr. Kevin Edmunds, I and Ms. CS Chow)
HKSTP - http://www.hkstp.org
HKCTC - http://www.hkctc.gov.hk/
PolyU Food Safety and Technology Research Centre - https://www.polyu.edu.hk/abct/en/research/research_centres/fstrc/introduction/index.html
Food Hygiene Standard Certification System (FHSCS) - https://www.polyu.edu.hk/abct/en/research/research_centres/fstrc/research/food_hygiene_standard_certification_system_fhscs/index.html