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Food Safety

In Australia it is estimated that there is approximately 5.4 million cases of food poisoning each year. A core duty of Council's Environmental Health Officers is to maintain a high level of food safety by ensuring businesses who sell food adhere to the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and the Tasmanian Food Act 2003. This is achieved by conducting routine audits on all food premises in the area.


Food safety relates to all factors which may have an effect on food.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Temperature control;
  • Contamination issues;
  • Personal hygiene and the preparation of food;
  • Structural requirements of a food business; and much more

The total cost of food-borne illness in Australia is over $2.6 billion every year, and can result in the loss of life.  It is therefore extremely important for everyone to remain vigilant about food safety.


To ensure a high level of food safety is maintained in the municipality Council’s Environmental Health Officers undertake regular duties. These include:

  • Regularly inspect food businesses to ensure compliance with the Food Standards Code adopted under the Food Act 2003;
  • Food samples are obtained and sent to accredited laboratories for analysis. These samples are analysed to make sure that they comply with strict chemical and bacteriological standards as documented in the Food Standards Code;
  • Food-borne disease investigation;
  • Providing food safety education resources to members of the public;
  • And much more.
Food Business Information
Under Tasmanian legislation it is a requirement that all food businesses must hold a current food business registration certificate through their local Council.
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