New national standards for some food businesses from 8 December 2023

Published on Friday, 13 October 2023 at 4:55:33 PM

New standards have been introduced nationally by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness in the community.

Food businesses that handle unpackaged, potentially hazardous and ready-to-eat foods will need to comply with the new standard requirements by 8 December 2023.

The new requirements will improve food safety through skills, knowledge and supervision.

Some food businesses will be required to implement the below food safety management tools. These tools will enable food businesses to manage food safety risks more effectively to help prevent foodborne illnesses and outbreaks, loss of revenue and reputational damage.

  1. Food safety supervisors: You will need to appoint a food safety supervisor for your business.
  2. Food safety training: Your food handlers will need to show they have had food safety training.
  3. Show you are managing key food safety controls: You will need to keep records of important food safety controls or be able to demonstrate safe food handling practices.

To help you to understand what you need to do to meet the new requirements visit

If you have any questions, contact the Shire's Environmental Health Officer.

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