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Preparing for Regulatory Change

by Andrew Thomson on June 20, 2022

Are you prepared?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand released a discussion document, Proposal 1053 Food Safety Management Tools to tighten Australia’s food safety laws. According to FSANZ, there has been no decline in reported cases of foodborne illness with a large proportion of these cases linked to the food service and retail sectors. FSANZ is proposing the following regulatory and non-regulatory changes:

  • a nationally consistent risk classification system for food businesses across Australia
  • creation of Food Safety Standard 3.2.2A Food Safety Management Tools
  • a Food Safety Supervisor to be adopted nationally with an accredited training short course -currently, this short course is only applicable in Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria
  • mandatory food safety training for food handlers
  • FSANZ are wanting an improved food safety culture within these sectors; and
  • evidence to substantiate food safety management.

Food law requirements don’t have to hold you back, they can be a point of difference for your food business.

The proposed changes are aimed at helping food businesses to adopt a proactive rather than reactive approach towards food safety. The focus on improving culture presents the opportunity to bring together people and processes towards the common purpose of creating safe food for customers. Research shows that in the presence of a healthy focus on people, process and purpose, the performance of a team/organisation multiplies.

Taking a proactive approach also enables leaders to review their existing approaches for food safety management and that they are aligned with current and future business strategies. Leaders can then examine whether they have the appropriate levels of support for this and any other proposed regulatory change.

Food service and retail operations that adopt proactive risk-lowering strategies will invest in employee skills development, continuously improve systems, processes and work practices and embrace digital technologies. They are better positioned to lead the market and will be ahead of others both from a regulatory and operational perspective.  

If improving your food safety systems and upskilling and developing your food employees matter to you and you want to explore more about how you can achieve this, then reach out to us at info@thinkstsolutions.com.au. We look forward to supporting you!