Food

In Australia it is estimated that there is approximately 5.4 million cases of food poisoning each year. One of the services that Council provides is to conduct routine audits on all food premises in our municipality. This is done to ensure that a high level of food safety is maintained by all businesses selling food and that they adhere to the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and the Tasmanian Food Act 2003.

Food safety relates to all factors which may have an effect on food. These include but are not limited to:

  • Temperature control
  • Contamination issues
  • Personal hygiene and the preparation of food
  • Structural requirements of a food business; and much more

The total cost of food-borne illness in Australia is over $2.6 billion every year, and can result in the loss of life. It is therefore extremely important for everyone to remain vigilant about food safety.

To ensure a high level of food safety is maintained in the municipality Council undertakes the following duties:

  • Regularly inspect food businesses to ensure compliance with the Food Standards Code adopted under the Food Act 2003
  • Food-borne disease investigation
  • Providing food safety education resources to members of the public

For further information or advice you can contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on 6430 5700.

Links

Food Standards Code

Food Labelling (for consumer information)

Food Business Construction Guideline

Food Safety for Businesses and Community Groups (DHHS)