Why is food safety important?
Food safety is an important issue to the Australian community. The correct construction, maintenance and operation of a food premises ensures the general community is protected from food that is not safe to eat. An important part of providing safe food is licensing. Councils are responsible for licensing food premises in accordance with the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Safety Standards and the Food Act 2006.
The main purpose of the Food Act 2006 is to ensure food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption. This Act requires council to monitor the standard of operations in fixed food premises and this is achieved by providing for the licensing of particular food businesses. Compliance with the Act will assist you in providing safe food for your customers.
Food Safety Supervisors
All licensable food businesses require a Food Safety Supervisor as of 1 July, 2008.
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Food Safety Standards
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Food Recalls - Keep up to Date
A food recall removes food that may pose a health or safety risk from distribution, sale and consumption. It may occur because of a report or complaint from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, government and consumers. FSANZ offers a free subscription service for food recall alerts through its www.foodstandards.gov.au website. Sign up now to receive information about food recalls which may affect your business.
For further information, contact council's health, building and environment section on 5540 5111.