The Health Protection Service conducts regular Food Safety and Compliance surveys on a variety of foods that are available in the ACT. Food samples are collected and analysed to test for the presence of various pathogenic and indicator organisms.
Public Health Officers from the Environmental Health section collect the food samples and take appropriate action if the analysis provides an undesirable result. Microbiologists and technicians from the ACT Government Analytical Laboratory are responsible for the analysis of the food samples.
The surveys focus on locally produced food, however, current public health issues can also impact on the direction of surveys.