These are the hygiene signs you should look for at the German Christmas market in Birmingham

These are the hygiene and allergy signs to look out for at stalls serving cooked food at Birmingham’s German market.

Birmingham City Council confirmed that all traders should have a green pass card on display after it was revealed that a number of vendors were told to improve following initial inspections on the opening day.

It has also been revealed that officers temporarily shut down two stalls over allergy concerns because the information was only available in German and not English.

Clear white signs are also on display either on the front or on the walls of all food stands warning about allergies, but ultimately the advice is to ask the trader if people have any concerns.

The green pass cards show that proper hygiene standards are being met at the German market in Birmingham.

Nick Lowe, operations manager for food safety at the council, told the Licensing and Public Protection Committee he was now ‘reasonably content’ with overall hygiene and safety standards at the city centre’s three main markets, including the Birmingham Cathedral market and City Social event outside the Mailbox.

He said a council briefing session for traders took place on Wednesday, November 14 – the day before all three events opened – which had to be delivered in four languages; English, German, Polish and Romanian.

Mr Lowe confirmed that all issues raised on opening day had been addressed and all stalls were now up to standard.

Allergies notice at Birmingham's German market.
Allergies notice at Birmingham’s German market.

Although he admitted officers had not conducted formal follow-up inspections due to the wider demands on environmental health incurred by the busy Christmas period.

The green pass cards will only be on display at the German market, while it is hoped the same arrangements will be made with the City Social and cathedral market in future years.

Stalls are rated yellow if they require improvement while those that fail will be rated red and not allowed to trade until the problems are addressed.

Mr Lowe also elaborated on issues at the cathedral where there were also problems with unauthorised traders and ‘significant concerns’ around a communal wash and preparation area.

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market.

He said: “It was a very last-minute rushed affair.

“The intention was to open the same day as the German market when the original date had been later.

“But they decided they wanted to coincide with the German market but I don’t think they were prepared.

“When we did inspections on opening day there were some serious problems and quite a few of the stalls failed.

“Those matters were rectified apart from the communal wash station which is being monitored.”


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