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2016-08-11 Child Care

Food Safety Plus is a preferred supplier of the Australian Childcare Alliance WA

We are extremely excited to announce our exhibition at the ACA WA 2016 Early Childhood Education & Care Conference - Facing the Future -Together.

The conference will be held at the Esplanade Fremantle, and will run from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August. The conference will include welcome drinks and canapés on the Friday night, Saturday will be a full day of workshops & keynote presentations, followed by a Gala dinner on the Saturday Night "Glitz & Glamour". Wake up Sunday morning for another day of workshops & presentations.

As a preferred supplier to the Australian Childcare Alliance WA, we offer members friendly and approachable food safety auditors deliver a convenient, professional and on time service, specialising in childcare.

How we act in a friendly and professional manner:

  • We acknowledge that we are guests in your centres.
  • We always recommend a reduction in audit frequency to annual when entitled.
  • We audit against the Food Act and not our personal preferences.
  • We are open to discussion if you believe a mistake has been made.
  • We provide an accurate written report that includes an explanation of how the findings were made.

We recognise that your rights as a centre proprietor / director include:

  • Choosing the audit date and time.
  • Timely, fair and equitable treatment with dignity and respect.
  • Confidentiality of your business information.
  • Requesting the frequency of the audit change to annual where appropriate.
  • Getting value for money.

Prima Smallgoods is a leading manufacturer of smallgoods and meat products in Papua New Guinea. It is a PNG based company, in operation for over 40 years and achieving great success in food safety.

Prima Smallgoods is a leading manufacturer of smallgoods and meat products in Papua New Guinea. It is a PNG based company, in operation for over 40 years and achieving great success in food safety.

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Local government Environmental Health Officers routinely assess and monitor food businesses for compliance with food legislation.

Local government Environmental Health Officers routinely assess and monitor food businesses for compliance with food legislation. They work to improve standards and encourage food businesses to adopt processes that meet health and hygiene requirements.

Information about food businesses and individuals that have been convicted of an offence under the Food Act 2008 can be found by searching “food offenders list”. Once published, a conviction will remain on this web based publication for 24 months from the date of conviction.

Legislation requires all food handlers and their supervisors to have appropriate skills and knowledge

Food hygiene legislation requires all food handlers to receive appropriate supervision, and be instructed and trained in food hygiene to enable them to handle food safely.

Anyone handling food and drink within the catering sector must be trained in food safety and hygiene and apply it to their work. In order to ensure that your workplace is in compliance with the main general food law requirements, including the provisions on food safety, you must keep up to date with legislation. Being familiar with the handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food-borne illness, will allow your workplace to operate legally and help your understanding of the number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards. 

Food safety and food hygiene courses are aimed at anyone working in a role that involves contact with food, or the management of such people; and include regulations which require that anyone involved in food handling must be appropriately trained in food safety. Our food safety and hygiene courses are generally delivered at a variety of levels and tailored to all sectors including Induction, Awareness, Refresher and Advanced Training.

Food Safety Plus offers HACCP certification for the Pest Management Industry.

The Food Act requires that each food premises has effective pest control measures. This is not a new concept - the significance of pests in the food industry has long been understood and appreciated. Pest control is an inescapable part of any food safety and HACCP considerations that a food business may make.


The following outlines some of the more common situations which will have to be managed by the pest control industry:

• the need for a clear explanation to management of the food business about the treatments to be carried out and agreement reached about their suitability, location, potential for causing food hazard and any action which may need to be taken by the food business

• the need for clear advice to the management of the food business about the types of pests identified and their possible effect on food safety

• restrictions on use of materials restrictions on entry times to food business

• regular and systematic cleaning by the food business could make it more difficult to detect, trace and identify pests possible destruction of chemical treatments by cleaning materials

• need to account for all preparations when any specific treatment is completed

• documentation and record keeping


Much of this is not new to the pest control industry especially to those who operate with or are familiar with Integrated Pest Management and the safe use of hazardous chemicals. HACCP and the safe use of chemicals require documented work processes, so it means that most pest controllers are already aware of systematic controls. Therefore HACCP should present few problems conceptually to the pest control industry.

The pest control industry should see HACCP Certification as an opportunity to work in partnership with the food industry. By making both industries aware of each other’s priorities and systems, it will prove to be a positive benefit for the consumer by the production of safer food.


Food Safety Plus offers HACCP certification for the Pest Management Industry.

Food Safety Plus provides food safety auditing services to child care centres in a positive, engaging approach.

Food Safety in Child Care

Australia has one of the safest food supplies in the world. However, foodborne illness is an ongoing problem that state, territory and Australian governments are working together to minimise. Each government adopted the national food safety standards as described in the Food Standards Code, The food safety standards focus on measures to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness by specifying the requirements that food businesses need to follow to ensure food sold in Australia is safe to eat.

Food safety standard 3.3.1 “Food Safety Programs for Food Service to Vulnerable Persons” outlines the requirement for food businesses that process or serve food to vulnerable populations to implement a documented and audited food safety program (FSP). In Western Australia this requirement came into force in October 2008.

Vulnerable people are defined within Standard 3.3.1 in terms of the facility in which they are cared for or as clients of a delivered meals organisation.

The facilities listed in the standard include child care facilities, including long day care, occasional care and employer-sponsored child care for children up to 4 years of age where the facility is not a private residential dwelling.

What is a food safety program?

The Food Act requires child care centres which prepare and serve food to develop and implement a food safety plan. A food safety plan is defined in Food Safety Standard 3.2.1 as a written document that systematically identifies the risks present in the food handling operations of a food business and provides for the control, monitoring and regular review of those risks in order to ensure food safety.

Your first thought might be that developing a plan may be time consuming, difficult or even just too hard. However there are many free and simple to use guides and templates available on the internet.

As the purpose of a food safety plan is to safeguard children’s health and to protect your centre, utilising a simple plan is well worth the effort. In most instances, a food safety plan comprises three parts and will likely formalise your existing good practices. The first part includes a description of your centre and names of the staff that are responsible for food safety.

The second part describes:

• your food handling activities such as food receipt and refrigerator storage,

• what can go wrong and cause injury (biological, chemical and foreign object food safety hazards)

• how you will prevent or manage the hazards

• what checks and balances you will undertake

• what records you will keep

The third part describes good hygiene practices. These include staff hygiene, training, maintenance and thermometer calibration, cleaning and sanitising programs, pest control procedures, etc.

In other words, your food safety program should document clearly the procedures and practices within your centre (i.e. what you do). Your centre will be audited against these procedures and practices.

What you can do to facilitate compliance

1. SA Health offers a free food safety plan that you can download and tailor to suit Child Care & Early Learning Centre. The plan is widely used throughout WA.

2. Once tailored to suit your business you will need to submit this plan to the local council for a process called verification. This means the council needs to review and approve your food safety plan, however if you have used the above template this process is very straightforward.

3. Have your staff complete “I’m alert in Food Safety”. This free training program is available from your local council and is completed online. This training program is widely used and is supported by local government health inspectors throughout Australia.

4. Purchase digital thermometers to assist you measure the temperature of food and refrigeration.

5. Ensure that food grade sanitiser is available for use.

6. Before any audit you will need to commence completing the records outlined in your food safety plan. A reputable auditor will need to see at least 3-6 months of records.

How Food Safety Plus can help

Food Safety Plus provides food safety auditing services to child care centres in a positive, engaging approach and seek to build long term professional relationships with our clients. We service over 100 child care centres in metropolitan and regional Western Australia and offer you a great service at very competitive prices.


Australia has three main strengths in terms of food production: quality raw materials, a skilled workforce and high standards of food safety.

With an extensive career in the food industry, Managing Director of Simplot Australia and Chair of the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) Terry O’Brien says it’s important to have a broad contextual view of the future of the food industry.

What are Australia’s biggest opportunities in food?

Australia has three main strengths in terms of food production: quality raw materials, a skilled workforce and high standards of food safety.

In terms of raw materials, this is mainly crops, although does include other raw materials. Australia has excellent control regimes for pesticides and the various additives that are used to grow crops.

We also have the benefit of a skilled workforce, albeit expensive. There is no doubt that we have a lot of experience here in food manufacturing and have plenty of people around to deliver on the promise.

There is also a very high standard of food safety when it comes to food manufacturing systems in Australia, with extremely vigilant regulators and optimal food safety systems across all levels. In fact, this high level of food safety is one of the major appeals of the Australian market to Asia. It’s the safety of the original outputs, the safety around how it is manufactured and the safety around how the product is shipped and handled.

What are the obstacles?

As a pretty high cost-base country, we are constantly trying to defend ourselves from imports, although find it a little difficult to export to the extent that we would like to. And, despite exports growing, it is in niche areas.

Australian food producers are also a little resistant to change, particularly in our agricultural community where we have an older farming base than other countries.

As an example, we have quite a big potato business in China. When Australia first starting producing there 20 years ago, the farmers in China would transport the potatoes on their three-wheeled bikes. Nowadays, the potatoes are transported in B-double trucks just as anywhere in the western world. The average farmer in China now is providing 3 – 4,000 tonnes of potato, whereas in Tasmania our average is 900 tonnes. This goes to show how countries who started off way behind us, have surpassed us in their approach to food production. These countries have knocked their fences over, they’ve combined their operations, they have invested in bigger equipment and they have taken bigger risks.

How can the industry make sure it has a sustainable future?

We need to reduce non-value adding regulation. This is difficult as a lot of regulation is there to support issues such as food safety and Occupational Health and Safety, although there is various regulation that has been superseded and should be now taken out.

The food industry as a whole needs to take a better view of what might be a controversial future. Whether you are a farmer, producer, manufacturer, or technologist, everyone in the food industry needs to adopt a broad contextual setting, encompassing a historical, future and more global context of the industry.

Reproduced from the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology

Food Safety Plus provide services to their customers with complete understanding of their operations and their specific requirements.

Our expertise and experience enable us to offer our clients comprehensive facilities and benefits. We are preferred by our clients for many reasons of which some are:

• Committed, Highly Qualified and Experienced Personnel

• Cost Effective Solutions

• Customer Focused Approach

• Open Communication

• Full Time Service

• Comprehensive Assistance

We’re here to take the stress out of food safety training and certification. You can be as involved as you want, and you are always in control. Our training programs are tailored to your exact needs and we will keep adapting until it feels just right.


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