The Food Act 2008 (the Act) was passed 8 July 2008 by the Western Australian Parliament and was implemented on 23 October 2009. The Act is the Principle piece of legislation regulating the sale of food in Western Australia and provides food safety regulation over the entire food supply chain; a paddock to plate approach. This represents a significant shift in the direction of food regulation and management within WA.
One of the critical changes is the requirement to register/notify every food business or community group/charity that provides food to the public. Once received the Notification/Registration will be assessed by the Shire and a Certificate of Notification or Registration will be issued.
FOOD ACT 2008 - I’M ALERT – FOOD SAFETY TRAINING – it is a requirement under the FOOD ACT 2008 that any person preparing/handling food for the public MUST demonstrate adequate experience or training.
The Shire has available to all food businesses, community groups and charities a FREE online training course for Food Safety. The training course includes a certificate you can generate as proof of completion. Should you wish to take advantage of the course please go to Home page.
"I’m Alert" training is not a requirement if you are trading solely for a community or charitable cause which does not involve potentially hazardous foods HOWEVER you are encouraged to do so.
If you are a business, charity or community group intending to provide food to the public you are required to register/notify the Shire. Registration/notification is required only once, but you are required to notify the Shire of any changes to your original registration/notification details. Registration with the Shire will enable you to trade at Shire approved events/markets (with the event/market Manager’s approval).
Trading other than at your registered premises or a shire approved event/market requires a Traders Permit.
Preparing food for sale in residential premises requires the approval of the Shire. The use of approved kitchens is desirable. Compliance with the food standards code is required – see the link above.
Food Vehicles require registration/notification and a Traders Permit
Potentially Hazardous Food – means food that is capable of supporting rapid growth of infectious or toxigenic micro-organisms (eg; meat, poultry, seafood, cooked rice, egg or dairy based products).
Sale or provision of Potentially Hazardous Foods - which are pre-cooked (i.e.; not at the stall) is not permitted unless authorised.
Transport of food – keep food protected at all times, potentially hazardous foods must be kept either below 5° C or above 60°C - use insulated containers.
Cross Contamination – means transferring infectious or toxigenic micro-organisms from raw product to ready to eat product or from a person to food.
Potable water / ice – ‘drinking water’- water that has been treated to eliminate contamination (normal scheme water/bottled water).