10:58 am, Thursday 9 August, 2012
The authorities in ACT have published documents on their freedom of information website pertaining to the enforcement of food safety laws. Three local businesses have already been prosecuted and more could follow for dubious standards of hygiene.
The documents revealed that a further 46 were being submitted for prosecution and that when inspectors attended some of the premises they faced hostile behaviour from some of the business owners.
Some of the things that were documented at the ACT food premises were vermin such as rats, mice and cockroaches, filthy conditions, food not kept at the right temperature and no facilities for washing hands.
The government is considering a scheme with “scores on doors” a method of safety rating that is used overseas but is yet to be seen in Australia.
By August 2013, in an attempt to close what is seen as the gaps in knowledge about food safety, every registered food business in the ACT will have to assign a food safety supervisor who has the training to manage the safe treatment of food.
The Health Protection Service is asking for feedback on their discussion paper regarding this food safety supervisor requirement and is accepting submissions till Friday the 21st September 2012.
See the discussion paper and submission details here.