Food safety

Food businesses have a responsibility to ensure that all food handling staff are adequately trained. As part of Council's Food Safety Surveillance Strategy, Council assists businesses to fulfil training requirements by providing advice, facilitating and providing access to food safety education programs.

Image of Vegtables.Council is responsible for the regulation of food businesses within the Bega Valley Shire Council  local government area. Council’s food safety program aims to minimise the risks associated with the handling of food for sale throughout the Shire by ensuring compliance with all relevant food legislation.

Council’s role in upholding food safety is continually evolving to meet the expectations of the community and the growing culture of dining out as well as servicing a diverse range of food businesses. It is also designed to educate the food handler by encouraging good food safety practices which in turn minimises the risk associated with food poisoning, thereby promoting customer confidence and ultimately a potential increase in the food business trade.

Council’s Environmental Health Officers are available to offer professional advice and instruction on food safety matters to proprietors of food businesses, food handlers and the general public. They can be contacted on (02) 6499 2222.

For more information on food safety, the NSW Food Authority’s food handling fact sheets are available for download here.

Council’s forms can be downloaded here.

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 I’M ALERT Food Safety - FREE Online Food Safety Training

Image of I'm Alert character and link to Safety Training.The Bega Valley Shire Council takes food hygiene within our shire very seriously. All food businesses have obligations and the Bega Valley Shire Council is assisting food businesses to meet these obligations by providing free access to this exciting new training tool.

There is a high demand for training within the food sector. This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner.

This information 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 Food Safety Standards for Australia and New Zealand.

Most sections include an interactive quiz. Upon completion of the program, a training acknowledgement form can be printed and filed as part of your food safety records.

FREE Online Food Safety Training - click here to conduct the training now.

Course Index

  • Overview
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Potentially Hazardous Food
  • Contamination of Food
  • Temperature Control
  • Food Handling Skills and Knowledge
  • Food Receipt
  • Food Storage
  • Food Processing
  • Food Display
  • Food Packaging
  • Food Transportation
  • Food Disposal
  • Food Recall
  • Health of Persons Who Handle Food
  • Hygiene of Food Handlers
  • General Duties of Food Businesses
  • Cleanliness
  • Cleaning and Sanitising of Specific Equipment
  • Structure, Design and Maintenance
  • Temperature Measuring Devices
  • Single Use Items
  • Animals and Pests
  • Management Control Techniques (HACCP, Food Safety Programs)

Minimum System RequirementsImage of I'm Alert character.

  • Internet Connection (Broadband Recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player version 6 or higher
  • Adobe Reader version 5 or higher
  • Pentium II 400MHz Processor
  • 32MB of System Memory
  • 256 Colour VGA Monitor
  • Screen Resolution of 640 x 480
  • Sound Card & Speakers (or Headphones)
  • Printer

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