There are different requirements throughout Australia regarding food safety audits. Most states require licensed food businesses to implement a food safety program and have a food safety audit conducted to ensure compliance with the program.
In NSW licensed food businesses are required to have regular audits to demonstrate compliance with their food safety plan and any other requirements of the relevant food safety scheme set out in the Food Regulation.
Food businesses with a suitable audit and compliance history from the NSW Food Authority may choose to use a regulatory food safety auditor.
Safe Food Australia have third-party auditors approved by the Food Authority to conduct audits in the following areas;
Facilities wishing to implement a Regulatory Food Safety Auditor System must meet the following conditions of approval;
If you are interested in moving into the third-party audit system, we can assist you with the relevant information to make the move as smooth as possible.
Click on the following link to access the application to implement a regulatory food safety audit system.
One of the many benefits of moving across to the third-party audit system includes consistency in audits, especially if you have multiple sites.
QLD local governments are responsible for licensing food businesses within their areas. Licensable food businesses must have an accredited food safety program if:
Prior to the accreditation of a food safety program by your local council you will need to provide written advice by an accredited auditor approved under the Food Act 2006, once accredited you must:
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In VIC, class 1 and 2 premises that have independent food safety programs are required to be audited at declared intervals by a department-approved food safety auditor who is certified as competent to conduct audits.
All class 1 facilities such as childcare centres, aged care facilities and hospitals must have an independent food safety program and must be audited annually.
Class 2 businesses that choose to develop their independent food safety program must also be audited annually or use the VIC health template.
Safe Food Australia has auditors that are accredited to conduct audits for the above-mentioned businesses. We can also develop food safety programs.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
We can provide training and internal audits in these states where the regulator conducts audits, to assist with compliance and the requirements of your food safety plan.
An opening meeting is conducted at the beginning of the audit with key personnel in attendance. During this meeting, we will address any corrective actions raised during the previous audit, ascertain the type of processes conducted on-site, review changes to products or processes, and other information.
The food safety plan must be available and on-site, the licence of the business current and correct for the type of business.
The food safety plan, monitoring records, and support programs will then be reviewed followed by a site inspection and observation of processing.
At the completion of the audit, an exit meeting would be conducted with key personnel and include the audit summary and result, corrective actions, and close-out times.
The Stock Feed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia operates FeedSafe® as the quality assurance accreditation program for the Australian stockfeed industry. FeedSafe® is aimed at increasing the commitment of the Australian stock feed industry to quality assurance and risk mitigation in the manufacture and use of animal feeds and has recognised the need for a broader industry approach to feed and food safety.
To obtain FeedSafe® accreditation, feed manufacturers are required to undergo annual site audits conducted by independent third-party food safety auditors.
The FeedSafe® audit checklist is utilised by auditors and feed mills to assess compliance concerning:
Safe Food Australia is accredited to conduct FeedSafe® audits throughout Australia please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Internal audits assist businesses to comply with both the regulatory requirements and their food safety plan, it demonstrates a proactive approach to food safety and quality management.
Safe food Australia can conduct an internal audit before your regulatory audit to assist you with your compliance requirements and achieving a satisfactory audit outcome.
We will design the internal audit to meet the regulatory requirements, we recommend that food safety refresher training be included to address any corrective actions raised during the audit.
Comprehensive written and verbal feedback will be supplied following the audit with any corrective actions and time frames provided.
Please contact us to discuss your site-specific requirements.
To demonstrate compliance with the Food Safety Standards a food business must ensure that persons handling or supervising food handling operations have the appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety and food hygiene.
We can deliver cost-effective on-site food safety refresher training focusing on the site-specific and compliance requirements for your business.
A typical course will cover:
We can design the content to suit your specific industry, our training includes a PowerPoint presentation, relevant handouts with a short quiz to reinforce learning. A certificate of attendance will be issued.