The 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?
The 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.