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Food Safety Audits

Food Safety Audits

Victoria – Class 1 or 2 Food Safety Audits

In Victoria, all Class 1 food businesses must have an annual food safety audit from a State Approved Food Safety Auditor. Audits by the Environmental Health Officers from the local council will be on top of this requirement.

All Class 1 facilities must have an independent food safety program, which we can write up for you. Class 1 facilities include childcare centres, nursing homes, hospices and hospitals.

Class 2 facilities such as catering companies, some manufacturers, ready to eat facilities and restaurants can use the VIC Health Template. Alternatively, they can use an independent food safety program. All Class 2 facilities that have an independent food safety program are required to have an annual food safety audit by a Victorian State Approved Auditor.

New South Wales – Third Party or Regulatory Food Safety Audits

In NSW, food safety audits are required on an annual basis by a NSW state approved food safety auditor for Aged Care, Hospitals, Hospices and Meals on Wheels. Childcare centres are not required to have regular audits.

The facility must apply to move across to the Third-party Auditing system. Approval is granted if the facility has a history of mostly A or B Scores for their previous food safety audits.

QMS Audits can help you to move across to the third party system and hen conduct regular food safety audits to comply with NSW Food Authority auditing requirements.

Common checks at a Food Safety Audit

  • Food Safety Program – this must be kept on the premises at all times
  • Cleanliness of food preparation areas
  • How well maintained your food premises is
  • Potential sources of contamination and cross contamination
  • Layout, space and flow of food in your kitchen
  • Expiry dates of food in your fridges and chillers
  • How well records have been completed and retained
  • How well your food safety program has been implemented and complied with

Food Safety Programs

We can write up a food safety program for Class 1 or Class 2 food businesses. We will visit your food premises and understand exactly what your business does. Then we write a food safety program that is simple to manage and helps you pass food safety audits. We issue you a Certificate of Adequacy and prepare you for a food safety audit.

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