Food safety

Food Businesses - Duties

Food Safety Standard 3.2.2 - Food Safety Practices and General Requirements, requires food businesses to ensure, as far as they can, that their food handlers and anyone else on the premises do not contaminate food.

Food businesses also have specific responsibilities relating to the health of people who handle food, the provision of hand washing facilities, telling food handlers their health and hygiene obligations and the privacy of food handlers.

Community organisations that are exempt from the Food Act 2001 are not legally required to comply with these duties. However, the Health Protection Service strongly recommends that these organisations follow the duties outlined in this document. To find out if your organisation is exempt, please visit the Requirements for Community Organisations webpage. 

Food Handler Responsibilities

Food Safety Standard 3.2.2 - Food Safety Practices and General Requirements, requires food handlers to do whatever is reasonable to make sure that they do not make food unsafe or unsuitable for people to eat.

Food handlers also have specific responsibilities related to their health and hygiene.

Community organisations that are exempt from the Food Act 2001 are not legally required to comply with these duties. However, the Health Protection Service strongly recommends that these organisations follow the duties outlined in this document. To find out if your organisation is exempt, please visit the Requirements for Community Organisations webpage. 

Food handling & food safety in school canteens

Food safety is especially important in schools as children can be more prone to foodborne illnesses. This information sheet provides general food safety information for school canteen operators and aims to answer some common food safety questions.

Food Safety - Food handling and food safety in school canteens 

Food Labelling in Canteens

Canteens must ensure that food labelling complies with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Under the Code, most food sold from a canteen must be labelled with certain information (e.g. the name of the food, ingredients, date produced, etc). However, labelling requirements vary depending on where the food is prepared. See to the fact sheet below for more information.

Food Labeling in Canteens

Food Safety at Parties

A party is great fun. Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, weddings, Christmas, Easter or at community events, it’s a time when we gather with the people we care about to celebrate.

The last thing we want is our guests getting sick with food poisoning, but unfortunately this does happen. See the fact sheet below for information on how to keep food safe at parties.

Food Safety at Parties (March 2014)

Food safety in hot weather

See this fact sheet on how to keep food safe in hot weather.

For more information, call the Health Protection Service on (02) 6205 1700.

Summertime Food Safety Tips (December 2013)

Summertime Food Safety Tips (December 2013)

Food safety when eating outdoors or barbequing

Whether it's a barbecue, picnic or camping trip, food seems to taste better when you eat it outdoors. However, food poisoning can be a real risk when eating outdoors, especially in the warmer months. You need to take a little more care when preparing and storing foods for outdoor eating. For more information see the below factsheet.

Food safety when eating outdoors or barbecuing (March 2014)

Food Stalls - BBQ (commercial)

Following these guidelines will assist you to provide safe food.

BBQ Food Stalls (Commercial)

Food Temperatures - Danger Zone

Potentially hazardous foods must be stored, displayed and transported at safe temperatures. Keep hot foods at or above 60C. Keep cold foods at or below 5C.

See the fact sheet below for information about the temperature danger zone.

Temperature Danger Zone information sheet

Food - Lunch from Home

See our fact sheet below for tips on food preparation, storage and handling of food you bring from home.

Lunch from home fact sheet

Pregnancy and Food Safety

Food safety is always important, but you have to be particularly careful during pregnancy.

See the fact sheet below for information on safe eating during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Food Safety information sheet

Salmonella

Salmonellosis is an infection caused by a bacterium called Salmonella. People become unwell after swallowing bacteria. Usually this happens after eating inadequately cooked food, by cross-contamination or person to person spread.

For more information, please see the fact sheet below or contact the Communicable Disease Control Section on 02 6205 2155.

For Health Consumers - Salmonellosis Fact Sheet (August 2014)