Local food service businesses who haven’t yet trained someone in their business as a Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) are being reminded to do so.
NSW Food Authority CEO, Polly Bennett, has sent a reminder to local food service businesses, including restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs, covered by this program need to make it a priority as it is a legal requirement to do so.
While the rules for food safety supervisors have been quite relaxed, Ms Bennett emphasises the importance for these requirements to be met and that Food Safety Supervisor certificates will be checked by NSW Food Authority officers whenever they conduct food safety inspections.
Failure to comply can lead to devastating impacts on businesses as incorrect food handling costs the community approximately $400 million each year to due to foodborne illness. Therefore, Ms Bennet states that “Improving food handler skills and knowledge through recognised training is the most logical solution to reducing the risk of food poisoning,”