ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today announced a six-week public consultation on the introduction of food safety supervisors in the ACT.
The requirement for registered food businesses to appoint a specially-trained food safety supervisor is scheduled to come into force in August 2013. A discussion paper on the proposed requirements was released today for public comment.
"We know the overwhelming majority of food businesses in the ACT are doing the right thing, but food safety supervisors will further build consumer confidence in our local food businesses," the Chief Minister said.
"Food safety supervisors will help strengthen industry knowledge and skills regarding food safety.
"Food businesses have an obligation to ensure food is safe for public consumption. A food safety supervisor will undergo specialist training to ensure they can supervise and train others in safe food handling.
"By taking part in this consultation, food businesses and the community will be able to ensure we introduce the best possible system, which will benefit food businesses and their patrons."
The Minister said that food businesses in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria are already subject to similar food safety supervisor laws.
The paper Discussion paper on Food Safety Supervisors in the ACT is available from the Health Directorate website at www.health.act.gov.au. Written feedback can be provided by email to email@example.com or by post to the Health Protection Service, Locked Bag 5005, WESTON CREEK ACT 2611 until Friday 21 September 2012.
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