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Rebecca’s email slightly less useful than a Food Safety Discussion Paper. (paper now available)

By johnboy 22 August 2011 4


The Health Directorate have really outdone themselves this morning.

They’ve posted a page advertising a discussion paper for Food Safety.

They mention some interesting proposals:

— A requirement for every food business to have a trained food safety supervisor;
— A proposal that the names of food businesses convicted of an offence against the Food Act be placed on a publicly available register;
— A requirement for a food business that has received a prohibition order to display a closure notice at the entrance to the food business; and
— A requirement that the registration certificate of a business be displayed at the premises.

But when they link to the paper one instead gets an email:

From: Stones, Rebecca
Sent: Monday, 22 August 2011 8:28 AM
To: Pace, Mark
Subject: Consultation
Attachments: Discussion Paper on Proposals for Improving Food Safety and Food Regulatory Transparency in the ACT.pdf

Importance: High

Hi Mark,

Can you please put the attached consultation paper up on – the Minister has announced it early and the Canberra Times has a front page story this morning on it, so we should get it up ASAP. If there was any opportunity to get a quick-link button on the health home page for a while it would be greatly appreciated. I will clear some text this morning to go with the consultation paper, but for now, we at least need to have it publicly available.

Also, are you able to put it on the community engagement site: ? \



UPDATE: The report is now up and Chief Minister has also put out a media release.

Comments on the paper close 30 September.

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torpedo 8:47 pm 08 Sep 11

yawn, that was a dull read. it’d be good if the discussion paper discussed why there’s a need for a discussion paper.

EvanJames 11:03 am 22 Aug 11

I guess they read RA, there’s a 404 message there now. Rather a muddled way to do things.

It’s interesting how all their food safety thinking is focussed on preventing food poisoning, so hygiene, food storage etc, and there’s nothing on cross-contamination of allergens. Some “may contain traces of…” lists are longer than the list of legitimate ingredients, and for an allergic to ingest soemthing that’s not meant to be there can be the same or worse than food poisoning.

johnboy 9:55 am 22 Aug 11

No sign of it on the community engagement site either =(

Gungahlin Al 9:54 am 22 Aug 11

D’oh! I hate it when that happens…

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