Food Safety for Businesses

Safe food can be defined as food that does not cause adverse health effects following consumption. Consumers trust that the food they purchase will be safe and of the highest quality expected. The correct construction, maintenance and operation of a food premises ensures the general community is protected from food that is not safe to eat. Queensland's food regulatory framework is in place to ensure these issues are addressed by all food businesses and there are significant penalties for food businesses that do not comply with the law.

An important part of the regulatory framework for providing safe food is licensing. Council is responsible for licensing food premises in accordance with the Food Act 2006 and the Food Safety Standards. The main purpose of the Food Act 2006 is to ensure food for sale is safe and suitable for human consumption. The Food Safety Standards set out the specific requirements for the food businesses and food handlers that, if complied with, will ensure food does not become unsafe or unsuitable. The standards also set out requirements for food premises and equipment that, if complied with, will facilitate compliance by food businesses with the food safety requirements. The Act requires Council to monitor the standard of operations in fixed, mobile and temporary food premises. This monitoring is achieved by providing for the licensing of particular food businesses. 

You can obtain a copy of the Food Act 2006 from the Queensland Government website. The Food Safety Standards are available on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website. 

LPG Safety 
The Petroleum and Gas Inspectorate from the Queensland Government Department of Natural Resources and Mines has developed an LPG Safety List for outdoor events to assist event organisers in ensuring that all gas installations at outdoor events comply with the relevant Australian standards.

It is strongly recommended that this checklist be completed by each stall holder once set up, but prior to the commencement of the event. Petroleum and Gas Inspectors may conduct inspections at outdoor events. Compliance with items on the checklist will ensure the safety of workers and patrons alike.

Download the LPG safety checklist for outdoor events or visit the Department of Natural Resources and Mines website for more information.