Making Food Safety a Priority in Australia

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In Australia, food poisoning cases reach approximately 4.1 million every year. These cases result in an annual average of one million visits to physicians, 31, 920 hospitalisations, and 86 deaths. If you believe that we are what we eat, then you will find these numbers highly problematic.

This is why many find food safety an important matter. This is why many institutions, such as the Australian Institute of Accreditation, offer courses and certifications on food preparation, handling, and safety.

Australia’s Food Safety Council

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is the country’s governing body responsible for minimising cases of foodborne illnesses. FSANZ requires high-risk businesses in food-related industries to come up with a food safety plan addressing identified hazards.

If you are part of a business that produces, processes, and serves “potentially hazardous food” to vulnerable people, or produce, process, or serve potentially hazardous seafood and fermented meat products, you fall under the jurisdiction of FSANZ. Your business must comply with their established guidelines.

You should also consult with local health authorities to learn state-specific food safety rules and regulations.

Food Safety Courses

If you are a stakeholder in the food industry where safe food handling is crucial, there are privately-provided food safety courses you can take for you and your staff. These programs offer certifications that will not only train you and your team on food handling but also, legitimise your stake as an advocate of the country’s fight against food contamination.

Through these courses, you will gain the necessary skills and knowledge on how to take on the role of a food safety supervisor in Queensland. These programs provide extensive training aimed at encouraging adherence to food safety standards both in theory and in practice.

If we are what we eat, it’s about time we strengthen our fight for our right to eat well and eat safely.