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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Food Safety Supervisor refresher training from September 2015

Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) certificates will expire from 1 September 2015. To assist an FSS re-certification, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) approved by the NSW Food Authority (the Food Authority) are offering refresher training on food safety issues currently affecting the NSW hospitality and retail food service sector.

Correct handling and cooking of food is critical to preventing foodborne illness. The Food Authority’s FSS program, which commenced in 2010, requires restaurants, cafes, takeaway shops, caterers, bakeries, pubs, clubs, hotels and supermarket hot food sales to have at least one trained FSS working in the food business.

Under the NSW Food Act 2003, FSS certificates are current for five years from date of issue. Any person wishing to be appointed as an FSS for a food business must attain the required units of competency from an approve RTO. Attainment of the units of competency is prerequisite to obtaining an FSS certificate.

In recognition of a current FSS having existing food safety skills and knowledge, the Food Authority engaged Charles Sturt University (RTO) to develop a refresher training program to fast track the re-attainment of units of competency and FSS certificates.

Based on an anlaysis of compliance statistics and microbiological surveys on food safety in the retail food service sector, the Food Authority found that poor performance in three key areas – allergen management, handling eggs safety, and cleaning and sanitising – often contributed to foodborne illness outbreaks. As a result, the refresher training has been designed to enhance knowledge in these key areas.

Food businesses have 30 working days to make sure their appointed FSS participates in the refresher training and obtains a new FSS certificate. By doing so, they will continue to promote and support a highly skilled and compliant retail food sector in NSW.

For further information, visit the Food Authority’s website, call the helpline on 1300 552 406, or email contact@foodauthority.nsw.gov.au.

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