Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that the Food Amendment Act 2011 has been made today by the Legislative Assembly.
“Recent problems with some food businesses have highlighted the gaps in knowledge of people working in the industry which is why these amendments were needed,” the Chief Minister said.
The bill does four key things. It requires food businesses to:
– display their certificate of registration
– display any closure notices
– have a trained food safety supervisor
– And finally, allows information about food businesses convicted of an offence to be placed on a public register.
“The amendments made today will see the end of misleading signs such as ‘Closed for Renovation’ posted at outlets that are actually shut due to serious food safety breaches. These businesses will now have to display a closure notice informing the public that they need to fulfil certain conditions before they can re-open.
“To further enhance regulatory transparency, details of food businesses convicted of offences against the Food Act will now be listed on a publicly available register.
“This bill is also about tightening up food safety by ensuring businesses have a staff member trained in food safety – such as safe food preparation and handling practices, effective from August 2013.