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All food businesses including those operated by not-for-profit groups and temporary and mobile food businesses are required to meet certain food safety obligations under the Food Act 1984.

Classifying your Food Premises
All food premises operating within Victoria must now be classified in accordance with the Food Premises Classification System under the Food Act 1984. Food safety and registration requirements vary depending on the type of food you propose to sell.

To determine the classification of your food business please use the Food Business Classification Tool.

Please contact the Environmental Health Team on 5760 2683 for further information and assistance with business classification

Food Premises Classification and Registration
 
Food Safety Programs - Class 1 and 2
All Class 1 and 2 food businesses must have an approved Food Safety Program.

A food safety program is simply a written plan that shows what a business does to ensure that the food it sells is safe for human consumption. It is an important tool for helping businesses that handle, process or sell potentially hazardous foods to maintain safe food handling practices and protect public health.

Non-standard Food Safety Programs are designed and written specifically for a food premises and its unique operation. All premises using a non-standard program and all Class 1 premises must be audited annually by a registered food safety auditor.

Standard Food Safety Programs are registered with the Department of Health and food businesses can prepare their own program using a registered template.

The most common template used by food businesses is the "Food Safety Program Template for Class 2 Retail and Food Service Businesses No.1 Version 2". A copy of this template can be downloaded here or a hard copy can be purchased from Benalla Rural City Council for $58. Alternatively you can use FoodSmart to create your food safety program.

All food safety programs and associated food safety records must be kept on the premises and be available for inspection on request by an authorised Environmental Health Officer.

Making Food Safety Your Business - Information for Class 2 Food Businesses
 
Minimum Records - Class 3
All Class 3 premises are no longer required to have a Food Safety Program, however they are required to maintain and keep a set of minimum records relating to food safety. All records must be kept on the premises for a minimum of one year and be available for inspection on request by an authorised Environmental Health Officer.

A copy of the required records and food safety information for Class 3 businesses can be found in the Food safety guide for food businesses - Class 3.

Making Food Safety Your Business - Information for Class 3 Businesses
 
Food Safety Supervisors
All Class 1 and 2 food businesses are required to nominate a qualified Food Safety Supervisor. The Food Safety Supervisor is responsible for the day-to-day management of the food safety and food handling procedures within the premises.

The Food Safety Supervisor must have a certificate or statement of attainment against the required competencies from a Registered Training Organisation.

Food Safety Supervisor Requirements

Whilst other staff and volunteers working in the food industry are not required to possess a formal qualification, it is the responsibility of the Food Safety Supervisor to ensure that all staff possess the necessary skills and knowledge to handle food safely and maintain good food hygiene and personal hygiene practices.

Food Safety Supervisor - Frequently Asked Questions
 
Food Safety for Community Groups
Class 2 Community Groups operating an event for one or two days require a Food Safety Program but are not required to have a Food Safety Supervisor.

Class 2 Community Groups operating an event for more than two days are required to have both a Food Safety Program and a Food Safety Supervisor.

Class 3 Community Groups are required to maintain minimum records contained in the Food Safety Guide for community groups - Class 3
 
Further Information
Please contact Environmental Health on 5760 2683 for further information or assistance
 

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