A new National Food Safety Standard, 3.2.2A – Food Safety Management Tools has been introduced across Australia to reduce the rate of
foodborne illnesses linked to poor handling of food in certain food service, retail and catering food businesses.
If your business is captured by the standard, you must implement the new requirements by 8 December 2023.
The standard introduces three food safety management tools for businesses that handle unpackaged, potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat foods. The three tools include:
- Requirement to complete food handler training or demonstrate skills and knowledge in safe food handling practices
- Requirement to appoint a qualified food safety supervisor
- Requirement to show that your food is safe
Understanding the new Standard
A range of resources are available to help you to find out if the standard applies to your business and to better understand what you must do to meet the new requirements.
Please visit the Food Safety Management Tools for food businesses to find more information including:
- a fact sheet
- what do you need to know infographic
- guide for food businesses
- short explainer video
- details of online food handler training courses
- details of training courses for food safety supervisors
Why is there a new standard?
The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation noted that the highest proportion of foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia were linked to food service, catering and retail food businesses. After extensive consultation with industry, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) developed and approved Standard 3.2.2A, which will ensure food handlers have appropriate skills and knowledge and key food safety controls are adequately managed.
It is a requirement under the Food Act 2008 that any person handling food for the public must demonstrate adequate experience or training.
The Shire has available to all food businesses, community groups and charities a free online food safety training course.
Add FoodSafe Online to your cart and then use the code FSAUGMR317 at the checkout which will remove the associated cost. Upon completion, the course will generate a certificate as proof of completion.
More information and contact
Please contact the Environmental Health team on (08) 9780 5255 or email [email protected]