Under the Food Act 1984 (Vic), all food business owners (and community groups who sell food) are legally responsible to ensure food sold or prepared for sale is safe to eat.
Nillumbik Shire Council is responsible for protecting the health of the community by minimising unsafe food being sold within the municipality.
All food businesses are required to be registered with their local council.
The Food Act 1984 (Vic) also requires food premises to comply with the Food Standards Code Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
It is a criminal offence in Australia to supply food that does not comply with relevant food standards. It is also an offence to sell food which is damaged, has deteriorated or perished, is adulterated, or unfit for human consumption.
This means that it is not only the business owner or proprietor who is responsible for food safety in the business, all staff that handle and prepare food for sale to consumers are responsible for food safety.
Without compromising food safety, the Act is designed to impose only reasonable compliance costs on businesses and community groups that sell food. It does this through matching the level of regulation to the level of risk of different food business activities.
Some of the activities that Environmental Health Officers undertake to monitor the safety of food prepared and sold in Nillumbik Shire include -
- Plan approval for new food premises
- Inspecting food premises to ensure food is being stored, prepared and sold in a safe manner
- Conducting food safety program compliance checks
- Investigating food-related complaints and incidents of illnesses associated with food
- Collecting samples of different foods for analysis to confirm the safety of the products
- Following up on food recalls to ensure affected products have been removed from sale to the public
- Ensuring foods are correctly labelled in accordance with the Food Standards Code.