Council operates a food safety program to assess that the health and hygiene standards are maintained at all food business operating within Eurobodalla.
There are more than 250 commercial food businesses operating in Eurobodalla so it is a vital role to ensure community health is protected and standards are met. Council's food surveillance program involves education and routine inspection of premises to make sure food business meet their required obligations.
Register a food business in Eurobodalla
All food business in the Eurobodalla Shire are required to register with Council and maintain their responsibility to sell safe and suitable food and effectively demonstrate management of food safety risks at all times
To notify us of your business or to change your details, please complete a Notification of Food Business Form and return it to Council:
Design and construction
All food business must comply with food standards code 3.2.3 - Food Premises and Equipment. This applies to all food business in Australia and is a mandatory requirement for operation.
If you are constructing, altering or renovating a food premise you must meet Australian Standard AS4674-2004 : Design Construction and Fit-out of a food premise, to gain approval from council.
The Proposed Food Premise fact sheet is a useful guide to assist in this process. Before you commence any work on your food business it is essential to check with Council to find out if you are required to put in a Development Application.
Food Safety Supervisor
New legislation requires certain food business in NSW to have a trained Food Safety Supervisor working at the premise. The requirement applies to business serving food that is:
- Ready to eat
- Potentially hazardous
- Not sold and served in packaging
A copy of a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate is required to be held on premise at all times you will be asked to show your certificate during routine inspections. Failure to meet this requirement can result in a fine.
For more information please visit the Food Safety Supervisor page on the NSW Food Authority website.
Inspection and Legislation
As part of your requirement to operate you will undergo regular inspections by council's food surveillance officer. These inspections will incur a fee and are essential to operate ensuring you are in full compliance with Food Standards Code, Food Act 2003 & Food Regulation 2010. These inspections will assess:
- Receiving methods
- Food recall and disposal methods
- Health and Hygiene knowledge of food handlers
- Premises hygiene and maintenance
- Temperature measuring and maintenance records
Markets and temporary events
All food business operating and selling food at markets and temporary events in Eurobodalla:
- must comply with the Food Authority's Guidelines for food business at temporary events
- are subject to inspections by council's food surveillance officer at any time during the event.
Community fundraiser events
The special roles of charities and community groups are recognised in food laws and certain exemptions apply to help make sure these organisations can continue their valuable work in the community.
If you wish to conduct a fundraising or charity event please visit the Charity, Groups and Volunteers page on the NSW Food Authority website.
Mobile food vending guidelines
Mobile vending in Eurobodalla requires approval from Council under section 68 of Local Government as well as compliance with:
- Street activities code of practice (495 KB)
- NSW Food Authority mobile food vending guidelines (256 KB)
To gain approval you will need to complete a mobile vending approval application and undergo a minimum annual inspection, these services incur a fee.
Food safety training
In the interest of public health and safety, Council provides the I'm Alert Food Safety Training package for all food businesses, including charity groups in the Eurobodalla shire.
The training package provides a practical guide to food safety. It takes around 2 hours to complete and can be accessed over the internet from any computer with sound. Once completed you will be able to print a certificate (not a formal qualification).
For more information please contact Council's Food Surveillance Officer on 02 4474 7384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.