The Food Act 2008, which came into effect on 23 October 2009, is the principal food legislation within Western Australia.
This legislation and the accompanying Food Regulations 2009 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code allow for a consistent approach to food regulation within Australia.
The penalties under this legislation can be significant and EHOs have the ability to issue infringements where non-compliance is evident.
All food businesses operating within the City must ensure their premises are constructed in accordance with the Guidelines for Food Businesses.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information contained within these guidelines, please contact the City's Health department on 9272 0648 between 8.30am & 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
It is mandatory for all food businesses to notify and, if required, register with the City using the prescribed Notification/ Registration form. This form must be completed and returned to the City of Bayswater by:
Temporary food businesses (eg. sausage sizzles, cake stalls) are required to apply for approval 21 days before the event.
A completed Application for Approval of a Temporary food business form can be returned to the City by:
In order to operate a food business, all staff who undertake or supervise food-handling activities must have the necessary skills and knowledge of food safety and hygiene procedures.
The skills and knowledge of food-handlers is assessed during premise inspections. During an inspection, an EHO may require a food-handler to demonstrate their skills or knowledge. This is to help ensure the food produced is safe for consumption by the public.
The City offers food businesses free online training using I'M ALERT. Get started with your free I'M ALERT Food Handler Training now.
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:
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.
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?