Food safety is central for entrepreneurial refugees

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain gives 3 sessions to AZO! members





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As partner in the AZO! project Exchange is responsible for the link between refugee entrepreneurs and the private sector in Flanders. In the past, you could already read on our website that Exchange organized a hairdressers' internship and customs internships for the AZO! candidates.

Food safety

Thanks to our multicultural society, we can now also enjoy a varied world kitchen in Flanders! The many kebabs, Asian restaurants and Oriental local shops are permanently based in our streets. Fortunately, I would say, who doesn't spontaneously starts mounth watering when thinking of all that delicious food?

A large part of our candidate entrepreneurs within the AZO! project have a dream to start up an own business in which food plays a crucial role. Many of them already ran a restaurant or shop in their home country and hope to do the same thing in Flanders. The increased multicultural society offers them opportunities to sell their products more easily. However, the rules regarding food safety between their country of origin and Belgium often differ greatly. That is why AZO! decided to organise a first introducion to food safety in Belgium.


In collaboration with the information and guidance unit of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FAVV) a first session was organised with regards to food safety for starting entrepreneurs. The session took place in Hasselt where a handful of AZO! candidates from our partner organization Stebo were present. The session was open to anyone who aims to do business around food. This can vary from restaurant owners to local neighborhood shops and from caterers to food importers.

During the session it was indicated which procedures should be followed when starting up an own food business and where you can go for registration and certificates. The FAVV also gave a lot of examples about how things should and should not be done. Very useful were the practical tips and tricks to increase food safety. You can find the full presentation again here.

To be continued...

But ... Limburg is of course not the only place where you can be spoiled by Southern and Oriental delicacies. That is why, in collaboration with the FAVV, it was decided to organise 2 additional sessions in Antwerp and West Flanders. The sessions will be given in Dutch and will be open to all AZO! candidates who are interested in starting their own business with regards to nutrition.



Monday 10 december, 13u30-16u30

Premises of Microstart Antwerp

Dambruggestraat 26, 2060 Antwerpen



Donderdag 20 december, 9u30-12u30

Premises of VDAB Brugge

Koning Albert I-laan 1, 8000 Brugge


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