Food safety programs and supervisors
Food Safety Program
The Food Safety Program is a written plan that describes how a food business will control, monitor and manage food safely.
All Class 1 and 2 food businesses must have a Food Safety Program in place before commencing a new food business, or transferring an existing food business.
Types of Food Safety Programs
There are 2 types:
- A Standard Food Safety Program
- Non-Standard Food Safety Program
Standard Food Safety Program (Class 2 premises only)
A Standard Food Safety Program is only available for Class 2 premises and is a template that has been created by a specific food industry or the Department of Health for retail and food service businesses. For a list of all the approved templates go to Victoria Department of Health: Food Safety Programs.
Non-Standard Food Safety Programs
A non-standard Food Safety Program is a program that is written specifically for a food business, this is a requirement for all Class 1 and some Class 2 premises (for example, large food manufacturers) where the standard Food Safety Program in not appropriate for their food operations.
Food Safety Supervisors
All food businesses that have a Food Safety Program must have a qualified food safety supervisor. This person must have a statement of attainment with the required competencies,from a registered training organisation.
For more information about training courses and registered training organisations, go to Victoria Department of Health: Food safety supervisors.