The NSW Food Authority is reminding local businesses that the Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) certificates will expire from 1 September 2015.
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.
To assist a FSS with re-certification, Registered Training Organisations approved by the Food Authority are offering refresher training on food safety issues currently affecting the NSW hospitality and retail food service sector.
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 approved Training Organisation.
In recognition of a current FSS having existed food safety skills and knowledge, the Food Authority have engaged Charles Sturt University to develop a refresher training program to fast track the re-attainment of units of competency and FSS certificates.
Based on ongoing analysis the Food Authority have found that poor performance in three key areas - allergen management, handling eggs safely, and cleaning and sanitising – are often contributing 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 website at www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/retail/fss-food-safety-supervisors or call the helpline on 1300 552 406, email firstname.lastname@example.org