Food Safety

Food safety is an important contributor to the health and wellbeing of the community. The Council has a responsibility to assist food business operators in complying with the relevant food hygiene standards under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and the Food Act 2003.

OPENING OR PURCHASING A FOOD BUSINESS

If you are considering operating a food business within the Central Coast municipal area and would like to know all the requirements, please download the Food Business Information Pack . This information package is designed to help new food business owners understand the legal requirements associated with running a food business. You will also need to contact the Council’s Environmental Health Officer (EHO) prior to opening your food business to arrange a kitchen inspection and to ensure you are correctly registered in accordance with the relevant legislation.

The following fact sheets also include valuable information for new food business operators:

  Food premises design and construction
  Food temperature log sheets
  Cleaning schedules
  Food Labelling Information
  Country of origin food labelling
  Conditions under which food may be sold at Markets and Street Stalls

TEMPORARY FOOD BUSINESSES

If you want to operate a Temporary Food Business (for example a sausage sizzle or farmers market stall), you have the following registration options:

  • One day event – if you are operating a food stall for no more than one day.
  • Two to four day event – if you plan to run your stall for more than one day, for example over a weekend.
  • Annual registration – the Council can issue annual registration for operators who intend on operating the same stall across a number of different dates. For example, you may plan to operate a weekly stall at a farmers market or hold a monthly fundraising sausage sizzle. This annual registration is issued on the condition that your stall offers the same food and is operated from the same location for the term of your registration.
FOOD BUSINESS APPLICATION FORMS

Please contact the Council’s EHO to ensure you complete the correct application form:

  Food Business Notification
  Notification of a Mobile Food Business
  Temporary Food Business Registration

FOOD SAFETY TRAINING

Do you and your staff have the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers? It is the responsibility of a Food Business to ensure that all food sold is safe and suitable.

FREE Online Food Safety Training can be accessed here and only takes a few hours to complete.

This training package has been developed by qualified and experienced Environmental Health professionals and is equivalent in scope to a two-day consultant delivered course. The interactive, logical and easy learning format will assist you and your staff to develop the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers and to comply with your obligations under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Most sections include an interactive quiz and a Food Safety Training Certificate can be printed upon completing.

For further information download the FREE Online Food Safety Training Brochure .

The I’M ALERT website is not part of the Council’s website. Any issues with the I’M ALERT website should be directed to http://www.imalert.com.au/foodsafety/contact.php

OTHER RELEVANT WEBSITES

Department of Health and Human Services – http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/
Food Standards Australia New Zealand – http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/
Food Safety Information Council – http://www.foodsafety.asn.au/
Oz Food Net – http://www.ozfoodnet.org.au/