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There are approximately 1,500 food businesses operating within our City. Types of food businesses include:
Council's Environmental Health Officers undertake inspections of all food premises to ensure compliance with food safety requirements and to minimise the likelihood of foodborne illness within the community.
All food premises must be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the following requirements:
Council conducts a minimum of one inspection per annum of all food premises operating within the LGA to ensure compliance with food safety requirements. A fee is charged for this inspection in accordance with Council's fees and charges schedule.
Whilst carrying out inspections, Council's Environmental Health Officers focus on a wide range of issues including:
Council has an educational and regulatory role in enforcing food safety legislation. Council's Environmental Health Officers have a number of options when dealing with breaches of food safety legislation including verbal warnings, closure of the business, issuing penalty infringements (on-the-spot fines) or legal proceedings.
The Name and Shame Register published by the NSW Food Authority details all penalty infringements and legal proceedings that have been issued by Councils.
All food businesses operating within the City of Canterbury Bankstown must register their details with Council. To register a new food business or to notify of any changes, please complete a registration form and return to Council.
Council participates in the 'Scores on Doors' hygiene and food safety program. The program enables consumers to make an informed choice about where to dine in Canterbury-Bankstown.
During routine food inspections, Council's Environmental Health Officers assess food businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bakeries and takeaways against a food safety checklist and assign a star rating reflecting their performance. Businesses achieving a five star (excellent), four star (very good) or three star (good) hygiene and food safety rating are awarded a certificate that should be displayed in a prominent position, usually the front window or door.
The NSW Food Authority has developed a range of food safety resources to assist in educating food businesses and consumers.
To further assist food businesses in complying with food safety requirements, Council's Environmental Health Officers conduct free food handling training in various languages.
For more information, contact Council's Environmental Health and Compliance Unit on 9707 9000.