The food industry is lucrative yet demanding, the requirements to be able to put up a food business or work in one are strict. This is why knowing what you need to do in order establish one is essential, especially if the law requires it.
Certification Is Mandatory
Most states and territories require food businesses and its workers to obtain a food safety certificate, which you can get from institutions such as the Australian Institute of Accreditation, as a part of the Food Safety Program or to comply with the Food Safety Standards.
As part of compliance, entrepreneurs must provide proof of staff training, a list of approved suppliers, storage temperature checks, as well as goods and delivery monitoring, and more.
Reason Behind Law Requirement
The law requires food handlers to have a food safety certificate. One of the main causes of this requirement is to help eliminate the chances of food borne illnesses
Research shows that the leading causes of food poisoning in New Zealand and Australia are E. coli, which comes from contaminated food; Salmonella from contaminated or spoilt eggs, which can cause gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, enteric fever and listeria; and campylobacter, which can cause Hepatitis A.
Food Safety Includes Food Processes
Food safety training educates participants on how to handle food properly to avoid food poisoning incidents, especially those caused by bacteria and viruses mentioned.
When these safety measures are in place, business owners have peace of mind knowing that their business and its customers have protection against food poisoning.
Food Safety Courses Available
There are various courses available, which depends on the required training and certification. This includes basic safe food handling, food safety for supervisors, and advanced food handling certificate.
Owners and employees can check with their local food safety office to know what courses to take.