Environmental Health team recognised for outstanding contribution during
The event celebrated the diversity, dedication and sheer energy of those who work across UK food and drink.
The 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 & 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 businesses, employees and the public had all the information and support they needed to ensure they could serve food safely during the pandemic.
She said: “From performing video inspections, running live webinars, dealing with email and phone enquires and 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.”
Belinda Miller, Head of Economic Development & Protective Services at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “I’m 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.”