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In cooperation with Boecker Dekwaneh Municipality launches the Excellence Certificate for Food establishments

Beirut, 30 April 2014: The Municipality of Dekwaneh, with the support of Boecker®, announced a one of its kind cooperation in the food safety area, whereby the local authority is offering all restaurants working in the region under the jurisdiction of the Municipality, an “Excellence Certificate” for food safety.

This milestone was announced during a press conference organized by the Dekwaneh local authorities in the Municipality premises on Tuesday April 29th 2014. The press conference was led by the Dekwaneh, Mar Roukoz – Dahr el Hosain Mayor Mr. Antoine Chakhtoura and the CEO of Boecker® Mr. Michel Bayoud and was attended by media representatives and food establishment owners and other stakeholders.

In this frame, Boecker® will provide a high-end training program for a municipality inspector, enabling them to professionally assess the quality of foodand service extended within the inspected outlets active in the district.

To this end, Boecker® has prepared a food safety checklist allowing the inspector to monitor the hygienic status of restaurants and food establishments based on high standards of food safety. A Certificate will be awarded solely by the Municipality to restaurants who have met the food safety criteria presented by Boecker®, who will be in charge of supervising and monitoring the implementation   of this this project.

Speaking of this breakthrough, Mayor Antoine Chakhtoura noted: “The Municipality of Dekwaneh has prioritized and given a lot of importance for food safety, in light of the increasing chaos and neglect witnessed in this sector, which reflects in a bad way on the public health and the environment in our district. We strive as a socioeconomic development institution, with the competent institutions and the state entities to control and hold accountable all ill-performing or neglectful outlets, which may harm and cause damage to the health of our children and our families. To this end, we have asked Boecker® to cooperate with us, where we will follow up the progress made on ground with the company, thus joining hands for a better and a healthier society.”

Commenting on this initiative, Mr. Michel Bayoud, CEO of Boecker® stated:  “The Dekwaneh authorities are the first municipal entity in Lebanon, to adopt a world-class qualification system for food establishments. We are highly confident that this new system will succeed, because it is simple and effective and based on the proactivity and cooperation between the municipality and the food establishment owners.  Our role here is to advise the municipality, where our mission is to make sure that the qualification system is well implemented, well controlled and well deployed.”

This initiative by the Dekwaneh Municipality was also endorsed by Baldati, a NGO working on the sustainable development of Lebanese communities.

About Boecker

Boecker® is the Middle East’s largest Public Health Company providing a holistic range of products and services covering Pest Management, Food Safety and Biosecurity.

Founded in 1994, Boecker® provides Integrated Pest Management with the highest international standards for business and residential clients, as well as Food Safety consultancy, trainings, tools and Biosecurity services across the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, Nigeria and Jordan.

Boecker Food Safety, a registered training center with Royal Society for Public Health – RSPH and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – CIEH, provides food hygiene training recognized by the leading regulatory bodies worldwide. Boecker’s professional consultancy services cover the delicate aspects of building safe food systems like the GCP, HACCP, ISO22000, and QPA.

Boecker services are ISO9001:2008 certified, and all of its used products are EPA approved and licensed by local authorities.

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