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Food Safety Standards Self Assessment Guide - Are You Compliant?

Queensland Health has put together a Self Assessment Guide to the Food Safety Standards titled 'Know Your Business"

The guide is a comprehensive checklist which has been designed to assist food businesses make a
self-assessment of their level of compliance with the Food Safety Standards. Queensland Health has developed it in consultation with various industry representatives and it is suitable for use by all businesses involved in the preparation, handling, storing, and sale of food in Queensland, including food retailers, food service and take-away food businesses, catering, manufacturing and transporters of food. In fact, any business selling food would benefit from using this self assessment checklist to see how well you know your food business in terms of the food safety requirements.

The Food Safety Standards reflect international best practice and are part of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) and it applies across all of Australia. The Standards are based on a preventative approach to the incidence of food-borne illness in Australia and are designed to help ensure that food businesses in Australia produce food that is safe to eat. The Food Safety Standards outline obligations of food businesses, regardless of whether they are required to be licensed by local government or not, in relation to:

  • food handling, including the receipt, storage, processing, display, packaging, transportation, disposal and recall
  • personal health and hygiene requirements
  • skills and knowledge requirements for food handlers
  • cleaning, sanitising and maintenance
  • provision of thermometers
  • pest control
  • design, construction and fit-out of premises.

Click here to assess your business today to ensure you are compliant.