Q: Do the national Food Safety Standards apply to our school canteen as we only have one paid staff member and the rest are volunteer workers?

Posted on: July 18th, 2013

Yes, the Standards are applicable to all businesses that sell food, including school canteens irrespective of whether those who work in the canteen are paid workers or volunteers. The Standards require all those who prepare food for resale to have training commensurate with the level of activity. This includes voluntary workers.

WASCA, on behalf of FOCiS, coordinated the National School Canteen Food Safety Project funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health & Ageing. A DVD and handbook package titled ‘Looking after our Kids’ was developed and sent to all schools in 2002. The package was developed specifically for school canteens and was piloted in canteens in schools of all education systems in each State and Territory.

The video and handbook are available FREE online at

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/information/pages/foodsafetyproducts/Default.aspx

 

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