Food Safety Supervisor

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Food Satefy Supervisor

Under the new food laws introduced to NSW at the end of last year, businesses that sell ready-to-eat food, such as takeaway seafood outlets, restaurants and cafes, will need to appoint at least one trained Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) by 1 October 2011. (Fresh seafood retailers are exempt from the requirement to appoint a trained Food Safety Supervisor.)

To become a FSS you will need to complete training in units of competency with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). A list of RTOs is available on the Food Authority website or from your local council. The training can generally be completed in one full day. Once the training is complete you will be issued with a Food Safety Supervisor certificate. The business owner will then have seven days to notify either the NSW Food Authority or the local council.

Businesses will need to appoint at least one FSS per premise, you cannot use the same FSS for several premises. The FSS will normally be the owner of the business or a manager, particularly if it is a small business. The FSS does not have to be at the premises at all times. Business owners are however required to appoint a new FSS within 30 operational days of a FSS leaving their business.

Businesses that do not comply with the requirement under FSS scheme will be issued a penalty notice for up to $330 for an individual and $660 for a registered company.

For more information see the NSW Food Authority Food Safety Supivisor Guidlines