There are approximately 410 food businesses in the City of Tea Tree Gully. Environmental Health Officers inspect all food businesses in the Council area including home based businesses and mobile food businesses to ensure compliance with the Food Act 2001, Food Regulations 2002 and the Food Safety Standards.
Council promotes food safety and ensures compliance with legislation by:
All food businesses must comply with the provisions of the Food Act 2001 (the Act), Food Regulations 2002 and Food Safety Standards. It is a requirement under the Act that any food business handling or selling food must, before commencing operations, notify their local Council of their food business details by completing the Food Business Notification form. Notification is required for all food businesses including temporary food businesses, home based food businesses and mobile food businesses which are located in the City of Tea Tree Gully. This form only needs to be completed once unless the details of the food business change. There is no fee associated with notification however fines may apply for operating a food business without notifying.
For advice relating to opening and running a food business and food business responsibilities please contact an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444.
Routine Inspections: Environmental Health Officers conduct routine inspections of all food premises. The frequency of these inspections is dependant on the type of food business, the associated risks and prior compliance with the food legislation. These inspections are subject to fees as set out in the Food Regulations Act 2002. For a full list of inspection fees please refer to Council's Fees and Charges Register.
Fit-out Inspections: A fit-out inspection needs to be conducted prior to a food business beginning operation. This will help ensure food business premises comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Standards. There is no fee for this service.
Inspection following a food complaint/food poisoning incident: Environmental Health Officers may conduct an inspection in response to a complaint about a health issue in a food business or if a food poisoning incident is suspected to be linked to a food business.
If you require further information please call an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444 or refer to the SA Health food safety website.
If you are thinking about conducting a home based food business it is important that you contact Council before proceeding. There are health and planning requirements to consider before you begin operation.
In accordance with the requirements of the Food Act 2001, home based food businesses undertaking food handling activities or selling food are required to notify their local Council of their food business details on the approved Food Business Notification form.
Home based food businesses are required to comply with the Food Safety Standards. Environmental Health Officers can provide information to help food businesses comply with the Standards. For additional information please contact us on 8397 7444.
Temporary or mobile food businesses are required to notify Council of their food business details on the approved Food Business Notification form. This includes charity and community groups that sell or provide food. Mobile food businesses are only required to notify Council of where their vehicle is garaged.
Mobile and temporary food businesses may be subject to inspections whilst operating in other Council areas.
Please contact an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444 for more information or see the Food Safety Tips for Outdoor Events Fact sheet.
It is essential that food handlers have skills and knowledge relating to food safety. Food Safety Standard 3.2.2 makes this mandatory.
Council provides access to a free online food safety training called "I'm Alert Food Safety". This training will assist food handlers to gain the knowledge they require to handle food safely and hygienically and comply with the Standards regarding knowledge.
For more information please see the Free Food Safety Training page or contact an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444.
There are many different agents responsible for food poisoning and symptoms can take hours, days or even weeks to develop after eating the responsible food. It is important to realise that it is not always the last thing that was eaten that is the cause of the illness. There are also viruses which can cause similar symptoms that are spread person to person and not from food.
For further information or if you have a concern or complaint please call an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444.
The Food Safety Standards require that facilities providing food to vulnerable people such as the elderly, people who are immuno-compromised and children aged 4 or less, develop a Food Safety Program and undergo audits. The businesses most likely to fall into this category include but are not limited to: aged care facilities, child care centres, hospitals and nursing homes. These businesses are required to develop their own Food Safety Program. SA Health has templates which can be used by these businesses.
The business and its Food Safety Program must be audited routinely by an accredited Food Safety Auditor. The City of Tea Tree Gully has accredited Auditors who undertake the auditing for these businesses.
For further information please contact an Environmental Health Officer on 8397 7444 or refer to the following links.
Food Safety Standard 3.3.1 Food Safety Programs for Food Service to Vulnerable Persons | Food Safety Standard 3.2.1 Food Safety Programs | SA Health Food Safety Program Templates | Approved Food Safety Auditor Register