Food Safety Resources for Businesses
The Health Protection Service has developed various resources to help businesses comply with food safety laws and standards. These resources may assist in ensuring that food sold is safe for consumption by the public. The resources do not cover all requirements set out in ACT and national food law and should not be considered legal advice. Visit the ACT Food Safety Laws page for more information on applicable food law.
To request a hardcopy of any of the resources listed on this page, call the Health Protection Service on 6205 1700 or email email@example.com.
On this page:
- Food Safety Guide
- Food Business Egg Guide
- Information for Temporary Food Stalls
- Food Stall Guidelines
- Additional Information
The Food Safety is Your Business food safety guide aims to help food business managers and staff better understand food safety practices. The guide discusses basic hygiene and food safety principles (e.g. hand washing, storing and receiving food, temperature control and sanitation, etc).
The Food Business Egg Guide provides advice for food businesses about how to handle eggs safely. The guide outlines minimum requirements and best practice recommendations to assist food businesses in meeting their requirements to sell safe food.
The guide also highlights the inherent risks associated with foods that contain raw eggs and strongly recommends that businesses do not sell food that contains raw egg. Food that contains raw egg has been implicated in a number of recent food poisoning outbreaks both locally and in other jurisdictions. Businesses have been prosecuted for selling unsafe raw egg products.
The Food Stall Guidelines aim to assist food businesses and individuals that operate temporary food stalls (e.g. at markets, fetes, festivals).
Non-profit community organisations selling food for fundraising purposes are exempt from the requirements of the Food Act 2001. The Health Protection Service strongly recommends that exempt organisations follow the food safety requirements outlined in this guide. All organisations that serve and prepare food for the public still have a responsibility to ensure the food they sell is safe.
All food businesses selling food at a Declared Event must visit the Declared Event website. Each Declared Event has specific food safety information to operating temporary food stalls.
The guidelines do not apply to operators of registered mobile food vans or sellers of food for animals.
The Food Stall Guidelines are also available to download in the following languages.
Please note that the translated guidelines do not reflect legislative changes to the registration requirements for food stalls. Please disregard registration information on pages 1 and 2. Current registration requirements are available in the English guidelines above. If English is not your first language and you require the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS), please call 13 14 50.
The following posters provide food businesses with at-a-glace information on a range of food safety issues.
Please note: If you require information on food safety for yourself and your family it is located on the Food Safety in the Home and Community page.
- Death Cap Mushrooms
- Food Temperatures - Danger Zone
- Commercial BBQ Stalls
- Food Handler Responsibilities
- Duties of a Food Business
Food Safety Information Council www.foodsafety.asn.au/
Food Standards Australia New Zealand www.foodstandards.gov.au
Food Regulation System http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/foodsecretariat-system1.htm
Health Claims: A guidance document titled ‘Getting your claims right: A guide to complying with the nutrition, health and related claims Standard of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code’ has been developed by the Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation.
The Guide can be found at http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/publications/Pages/gettingyourclaimsright.aspx