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If you're thinking about opening a food business in the City of Bayswater, it is important that you have the right skills and knowledge to get you on your way. You will also need to submit the correct forms before you can start operating. 

Our Environmental Health Officers conduct regular random inspections of all food premises in the City. Food health is extremely important as the regulations that guide us are designed to keep our community members safe.

Read below to find out more and please contact us if you have any queries. 

 

Essential information

Food legislation in Western Australia

Before you start your food business, you will need to read the below legislation and ensure you are always compliant. 

Breaches can result in infringements to ensure the safety of our community. 

Food Act 2008

Food Regulations 2009  

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code 

How to fitout a food business

All food businesses need to ensure their premises are constructed in accordance with the below guidelines.

Guidelines for Food Businesses

If you have any questions about these guidelines please contact us on 9272 0648.

Notification and registration of a food business

All food businesses need to notify and if required, register with us using the below form. You also need to complete the form if you are making any changes to food handling activities or the ownership of a currently registered food business.

Notification/ Registration form

Please email your completed form to mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au or post to PO Box 467 Morley WA, 6943.

If you have:

  • sold your food business;
  • ceased trading at a registered premise; or
  • changed your (proprietor) postal or contact details

Please advise us by email rather than completing the above form.

Temporary food business approvals

If you are planning to open a temporary food business (eg. sausage sizzles, cake stalls) you will need to apply for approval 21 days before the event. 

To apply, please complete the below form and email it to mail@bayswater.wa.gov.au or post it to Post to PO Box 467 Morley WA, 6943.

Application for Approval of a Temporary food business

Free food handling training

Food handling skills and a thorough knowledge of food safety and hygiene procedures are essential for anyone opening a food business. These skills are also tested regularly by our Environmental Health Officers when we complete inspections of food businesses around the City.

We know that opening a new business can be expensive, so we're offering free food training using the new FoodSafe Online. This training normally costs $35, but new food businesses will be given a discount code shortly after their annual registration invoice.

If you didn't receive yours, give us a call on 9272 0648 and we will let you know over the phone.

Food poisoning

An estimated 5.4 million cases of food poisoning occur each year in Australia, food safety regulations aim to reduce this number. Whether prepared at home or in a restaurant, it is important the food we eat is safe.

What causes food poisoning?

Food poisoning can occur when food or drink:

  • Isn’t prepared safely, including when meat is undercooked or lack of hand washing
  • Is touched by someone who has gastroenteritis (gastro)
  • Comes into contact with pets, flies or other pests
  • Comes in contact with raw meat, or ready to eat foods come in contact with each other
  • Is stored at unsafe temperatures that allows bacteria to grow
  • Is contaminated with animal manure.
Symptoms of food poisoning

Food poisoning results from the consumption of food that has been contaminated by micro-organisms, toxins or chemicals.  In most cases, this is caused by poor food-handling and hygiene practices.

Some of the most common symptoms of food poisoning include:

  • Vomiting
  • Headaches/nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever.

In some cases, these symptoms may not appear for several hours, days or weeks.

If you suspect that food is substandard, it is best to not consume it and risk becoming sick.

What to do if you suspect that you have food poisoning

If you experience symptoms of food posioning, it is important to seek medical attention.

To enable the City’s Environmental Health Officers to investigate a food poisoning incident, you will need to ensure:

  • A faecal sample is submitted to a doctor (to identify the cause of the food poisoning)
  • Any remaining suspect food has been immediately covered and refrigerated (at 5°C or below) or frozen, until collected by Environmental Health staff for analysis
  • Any food packages, receipts or other evidence that identifies the product and where it was purchased from have been retained.

The following information is recorded:

  • When was the suspect food purchased?
  • How was the food stored or handled prior to consumption?
  • When was it consumed?
  • What were the symptoms and when did they first appear?
  • Who else consumed the food and did they experience the same symptoms?

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