Food Safety

Our Environmental Health Officers are responsible for monitoring food safety in Kingborough. This means working with food businesses and organisations that handle food to make sure it is safe to eat.

Food safety is serious – food poisoning in Australia affects about 5,500 people every day and can make people very sick. It can even result in death.

Food Businesses

In Tasmania food businesses need to be registered with the relevant Local Government Authority. This means that in Kingborough, businesses involved in the sale of potentially hazardous food need to register with the Kingborough Council.  Please download and complete a Food Business Registration Form, or contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on (03) 6211 8255 for more information.

Businesses selling food that is not considered to be potentially hazardous (e.g. pre-packaged chocolate, bags of chips, canned goods, fresh fruit and vegetables) still need to notify the Council about what they are selling and of the business details. To do this a notification form needs to be filled out and returned to the Council. Notification is required to enable Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) from the Council to quickly action food recalls.

Our EHOs routinely inspect all registered food premises within the municipality and check to make sure that these businesses are operating in line with the requirements of the Food Act 2003 and the Food Safety Standards.

There are a lot of things that EHOs look for when doing inspections and these include:

  • Cleanliness
  • Safe food handling practices
  • Appropriate temperature control of potentially hazardous food
  • Food labelling
  • Whether the premises and equipment are being maintained to an acceptable level

Mobile Food Businesses

Food prepared or sold from markets or outdoor events must comply with food safety laws. There are certain minimum requirements that need to be met. This is to ensure Tasmanians are eating food that has been safely stored, prepared, cooked and served.

The introduction of state wide registration of mobile food businesses means that there are now two types of food businesses operating within the state. Food businesses that are fixed in location (eg café’s, restaurants, supermarkets, take away shops), and mobile food businesses (eg food vans and temporary food stalls).

This guideline is intended to cover mobile food businesses that operate from a mobile structure. A mobile structure includes: a vehicle, trailer, cart, tent, stall, booth, pontoon, table, barbeque, pizza oven, or other mobile structure.

Please visit and download Guidelines for Mobile Food Businesses for further information.

In Tasmania the operation of Food Businesses is regulated by the Food Act 2003 (the Act). The Act contains specific provisions relating to the regulation of mobile food business to enable them to operate across the State with a single approval issued by a local government. The approval is in the form of a Certificate of Registration issued under the Act.

If you applied for a statewide registration – you can sell food in multiple council areas without obtaining multiple registrations.

However, a Certificate of Registration as a food business is not an approval to sell food anywhere in Tasmania – you must also comply with various planning, traffic and property owner obligations and approval processes.

If you only sought a one-off registration, you will be limited to selling food for the date you obtained the registration.

Please visit and download Mobile food businesses – statewide registration fact sheet for further information.

Labelling

If you produce food for sale, you must be aware of food labelling laws. For more information refer to the Department of Health and Human Service’s Guide to Labelling Packaged Food.

Nutritional Information Panels are also required for packaged foods intended for sale. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) also has an online tool for calculating the nutritional information. The Nutrition Panel Calculator (NPC) helps food manufacturers calculate the average nutrient content of their food products and prepare a nutrition information panel.

Temporary Food Stalls (Charity & Community organisations)

Charity and community organisations that are involved in the manufacture and sale of food still need to comply with the requirements of Tasmania’s food legislation. Charity and community groups that are holding food stalls (including cake stalls, stalls selling jams and preserves, BBQs and sausage sizzles) need to be registered with Council. A registration form must be completed and returned to the Council at least two weeks prior to the planned event.

Please note that community events with more than one stall incur an event fee, which is due at the time of submitting your temporary food business application.

An administration fee is applied to all applications that are submitted less than 14 days before the event.

Please visit the Event Permits page for application forms and information.

Online Food Safety Training

An online food safety training package is available for free via Council’s website. The I’m Alert food safety training program gives food handlers online training in food education and hygiene.

Visit the I’m Alert Online Food Safety Training Program on the Kingborough Council website.

Kingborough Council Food Handler Training Sessions

Our Environmental Health Officers also run free training sessions every 3 or 4 months at a 6pm time slot at the Kingborough Civic Centre, 15 Channel Highway Kingston.

The sessions cover a broad range of basic food safety and hygiene issues and run for around 1.5 hours. The sessions conclude with a short multiple choice quiz and successful attendees are issued with a certificate upon completion.

See below session dates for the rest of the year:

11 April 2018

8 August 2018

7 November 2018