Council ups ante to ensure safer food businesses in Logan
Published: 22 April 2015
Food businesses in the City of Logan will be inspected more frequently to ensure they continue to comply with food safety laws and achieve the highest standards in food safety.
Logan City Council Parks, Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson, Councillor Trevina Schwarz (Division 11), said that while all food businesses were currently inspected at least once a year, the increased frequency of inspections would help food business operators meet their legislative requirements.
"Council's Environmental Health Officers routinely inspect all licensed food businesses and this has taken an education-based approach since we introduced Eat Safe Logan in 2012," she said.
"This has meant that Environmental Health Officers have worked with business operators to help them improve practices, provided reasonable timeframes to make repairs and changes to businesses, and generally avoided using punitive regulatory measures such as on-the-spot fines, licence suspensions/cancellations or prosecution.
"With increased inspections, we will be in a better position to identify non-compliances, take action where necessary and support businesses to improve their food safety practices to prevent large-scale food-borne illness outbreaks from occurring."
Eat Safe Logan is an incentive-based inspection system that helps food businesses to achieve the highest standards in food safety. All licensed food businesses in the City of Logan receive a star rating, but Council cannot make food businesses display their ratings under the State Government's Food Act 2006.
Cr Schwarz said many food businesses had chosen to display their star rating within the business.
"Council also provides free advertising for all 3, 4 and 5 star rated food businesses on our website," she said.
"If your favourite restaurant, café or coffee shop isn't displaying their star rating, you should ask them to display their rating so consumers will have confidence in their choice of place to eat."
In the 2014/15 year to date, Council's Environmental Health Program has:
- issued 123 improvement notices and 11 show cause notices
- suspended 9 licences
- cancelled 2 licences.
Council is prevented from disclosing specific information about enforcement action taken against a food business under the Food Act 2006. Information can only be disclosed once it is part of the public record, which is after a successful court case.
Under the new schedule, food businesses will be inspected as follows:
|Star rating||Inspection frequency|
|0 - Non-compliant performer (A general failure to comply with the Food Act 2006 with major effort required to rectify issues)||1 month|
|2 - Poor performer (Low level of compliance with the Food Act 2006 with more effort required)||2 months|
|3 - Good performer (Good level of compliance with the Food Act 2006 and overall acceptable standard of food safety management practices)||6 months|
|4 - Very good performer (High standard of compliance with the Food Act 2006 and overall good standard of food safety management practices)||12 months|
|5 - Excellent performer (Fully compliant with the Food Act 2006 and overall very high standard of food safety management practices)||12 months|