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Food Safety Information

FoodThe City of Mitcham has over 400 food premises including restaurants, hospitals, child care centres, bakeries, sporting clubs, takeaways, school canteens, service stations and more. Council's Environmental Health Officers are responsible for ensuring these businesses handle food safely by:

  • Routine inspections of food premises. An Environmental Health Officer will generally inspect a premises every 6 to 12 months based on a risk assessment and business performance.
  • Responding to customer complaints of poor food handling practices, contaminated food etc.
  • Investigating food poisoning complaints.
  • Educating by means of information sessions or presentations and food safety fact sheets and newsletters.
  • Providing advice and inspect temporary/outdoor events such as community fairs, school fetes and fundraising events.
  • Conducting Food Safety Training for staff working in food businesses located in the City of Mitcham.

Food Safety Legislation

Food Safety Legislation is designed to improve community health, increase community confidence and awareness of food safety, and ensure South Australia meets national standards. The following legislation applies to most food businesses in South Australia:

  • The Food Act 2001.
  • Food Regulations 2002.
  • Food Safety Standards.

The three Food Safety Standards used Australia wide set down the rules of how food must be handled and how premises and equipment must be appropriate for maintaining food safety. These are:

  • Standard 3.1.1 - Interpretation and Application.
  • Standard 3.2.2 - Food Safety Practices and General Requirements.
  • Standard 3.2.3 - Premises and Equipment.

For copies of the food legislation, industry specific fact sheets, food safety bulletins and education material visit the Department of Health website.

Do You Own or Run a Food Business? Have You Notified Us?

FoodThe new Food Legislation requires all food businesses to notify their Local Council of various business and contact details. Notification is needed to make sure we know where food businesses are, how to contact them for inspection purposes and to provide guidance on food safety issues within their business. Notification is easy. It's simply just filling in the appropriate form and sending it back to us! There is no charge for this process and you need only do it once unless your details change.

Download the PDF Food Business Notification Form OR

Submit the online Food Business Notification Form

Food Safety Factsheets

A collection of information sheets relevant to food business are available. The fact sheets include:

Fitting out your Food Premises
Handwash Basins in Food Premises
2 Hour 4 hour Guide Explained
Outdoor Events - Food Safety Tips
Sausage Sizzle - Food Hygiene and Safety
Mobile Food Premises - Information regarding the New Food Safety Legislation
Bed and Breakfast - Information regarding the New Food Safety Legislation
Home Based Business Checklist
Temperature Control and Thermometers

For copies of the food legislation, industry specific fact sheets, food safety bulletins and education material visit the Department of Health website.

Food Safety Programs

Food businesses that serve potentially hazardous foods to vulnerable populations are required to comply with Food Safety Standard 3.3.1 and implement a Food Safety Program. This Standard applies to hospitals, aged care facilities, child care centres and delivered meals organisations.

The Department of Health has developed food safety program templates for hospitals, aged care and child care to assist businesses to establish their own food safety program.

* Food Safety Program Template – Hospitals
* Food Safety Program Template – Aged Care Facilities
* Food Safety Program Templates – Child Care Centres

The City of Mitcham offers auditing services to businesses located within the City of Mitcham area. To arrange for an audit for your business, please contact the Environmental Health Division on 8372 8888. Food safety audits are conducted every six months, however they may be extended to 12 months or reduced to three months depending on the audit outcomes.

For further information on Food Safety Programs, please refer to the links below or contact the Environmental Health Division on 8372 8888.

* Frequently asked questions regarding Food Safety Programs
* Food Safety Programs – Department of Health

Food Safety Training

A food safety training program has been introduced by Council to educate local food businesses on the latest food safety principles and highlight the responsibilities of food handlers to provide safe and suitable food for sale.

The food safety training program is a three hour session and is free for staff working in food businesses located in the City of Mitcham. Council has arranged the following dates for our 2014 food safety training sessions:

Tuesday 25 February 2014

9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Wednesday 9 April 2014

5.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Thursday 19 June 2014

9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Wednesday 13 August 2014

5.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Wednesday 15 October 2014

9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Location: Mayors Parlour, City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park.

A Certificate of Attendance is issued to each participant upon completion of the training.

To book or obtain further information please contact the Environmental Health Services Unit on 8372 8888.

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T: +61 8 8372 8888 | F: +61 8 83728101
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