Home-based food businesses in Australia must comply with standards about:
- Food safety practices and general requirements
- Food premises and equipment
- Labelling and other information requirements
For the latest requirements and standards, you should check the Food Standards Code and other legislations and local council regulations.
Food safety practices and general requirements
Practices and requirements include information about:
- Food receipt, storage, processing, display and packaging
- Food transportation, disposal and recall
- Skills and knowledge of food handlers and supervisors
Food premises and equipment
There are Australian requirements for the design and construction of the food premises as well as the proper choice and placement of fixtures, fittings, equipment and food transport vehicles. The general aim is to improve food safety by minimising opportunities for food contamination. For example, there should be a separate site for keeping raw foods (which are potentially hazardous) so that it won’t come in contact with cooked foods. Another example is maintaining good light and ventilation in the food preparation area as well as ensuring that refrigeration equipment can keep the desired temperature during transport and storage.
Labelling and other information requirements
If relevant or necessary, the labels should provide enough information about food identification, warning and advisory statements, statement of ingredients, directions for use and storage and nutritional and health claims. This will help consumers as well as the supermarkets and other food sellers regarding appropriate and safe food storage and consumption.
Why high standards are necessary
In home-based food businesses, even if the orders are of lower volume than those of restaurants, supermarkets and other establishments, the threat of contamination is still always there. As a result, it’s important to maintain high standards especially in food handling (including refrigerated transport).
Here at Cooltrans, we specialise in refrigerated transport and ensure tight temperature control. We follow the latest food safety standards to protect businesses and the end consumers. We’re able to consistently accomplish this because of our modern and regularly maintained transport vehicles and equipment. Contact us today for your refrigerated delivery requirements.