Tasmanian Food Safety Requirements
VXT is providing industry with an overview of the food safety requirements for Tasmania and the new changes that will be implemented from December 8, 2023. These changes are relevant to restaurants, cafes, takeaway shops, caterers, bakeries, market stalls, food vans, and other businesses undertaking food-handling activities. Please refer to https://www.health.tas.gov.au/health-topics/food-safety/food-safety-businesses-and-community-organisations/food-safety-management-tools for current up-to-date information.
New Requirements (extract)
Standard 3.2.2A – Food Safety Management Tools will commence in Tasmania on 8 December 2023. The new Standard is an extension of the existing Standard 3.2.2 requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
It introduces three ‘tools’ for certain food service, caterer and retail businesses. Namely:
- Food handler training
- Food safety supervisor (FSS)
- Substantiation of key food handling practices
Source: https://www.health.tas.gov.au/health-topics/food-safety/food-safety-businesses-and-community-organisations/food-safety-management-tools. This information was extracted from the source 24 May 2023. Refer to the source for current information.
For Tasmanian businesses, the key change is the Food Safety Supervisor requirement.
Online: Food Safety Supervisor Certificate (SITXFSA005 & SITXFSA006, Queensland Hotels Association RTO 30826)
For: Training that will ensure your business complies with the requirements
VXT has partnered with the Queensland Hotels Association (RTO 30826) to provide a nationally recognised online training program for Food Safety Supervisors (SITXFSA005 and SITXFSA006).
In Tasmania, all licensed food businesses must have an accessible Food Safety Supervisor (FSS). The change that will come into effect in December 2023, which is a new requirement for the state, is that the FSS qualification must have been attained within the last five years, as there was previously no expiry date on the certificates. Best practice is a business should nominate a Primary and a Secondary Food Safety Supervisor for each site/premises.
The training for Food Safety Supervisors encompasses the following units:
- SITXFSA005 – Use hygienic practices for food safety &
- SITXFSA006 – Participate in safe food handling practices
Online: Food Handler (DoFoodSafely)
For: Individuals handling food in a commercial setting
This online training gives participants knowledge about how to safely handle food in a commercial setting.
Food businesses must ensure that staff handling food have skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene matters needed to handle food safely. This is a legal requirement under Clause 3 of Standard 3.2.2 – Food Safety Practices and General Requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. More information visit: www.health.tas.gov.au/health-topics/food-safety/food-safety-businesses-and-community-organisations/skills-and-knowledge-food-handlers
Level of skills and knowledge: The level of skills and knowledge required of a person is ‘commensurate with their work activities’. This means that the level and content of skills and knowledge required will depend on work activities. For example, the skills and knowledge required of a chef will be different from those of waiting or cleaning staff.
Obtaining the required skills and knowledge: There are many options that a food business can choose from to ensure that food handlers obtain appropriate skills and knowledge. Examples of these include:
- on-the-job (in-house) training
- sharing relevant food safety documents with staff
- using work instructions or standard operating procedures that clarify safe food handling
- attending food safety courses run by local councils
- hiring a consultant to present a food safety course
- completing an online food safety course
- completing a formal training course
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