“Over the past year the Health Directorate has seen an increase in the number of businesses failing to comply with the required food standards. Action has been taken against these businesses, including referring matters to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“Although ACT food businesses have a strong history of compliance in food standards, the Government is proposing this Bill to address emerging knowledge gaps in food safety by requiring businesses to have suitably trained food safety supervisors at premises,” she said.
“The Bill also amends the Food Act 2001 to increase food safety and transparency by requiring businesses to display their current registration certificates so that members of the public can be assured that the business is registered.
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“Closure notices will also have to be displayed at the entrance of a food business served with a prohibition order.
“Finally, the Bill proposes an amendment that will allow the names of food businesses convicted of an offence against the Food Act to be placed on a publicly available register.
“Together these amendments should enhance food safety, increase food regulation transparency and assist in reducing the social and economic costs of food borne illnesses,” the Chief Minister said.