Councils Environmental Health Officers monitor and regulate commercial food preparation within the Shire. Unregulated food handling and storage is a potential risk to the public's health and safety, therefore regulations have been put in place for the safety and hygiene of food for all customers. If you are concerned about poor food handling or food borne illness, refer to the relevant section below for more information.
If you wish to establish a permanent or temporary food business, these premises may need to be licenced and/or approved by Council. Further information is provided in the Who needs licence? and Starting a food business sections below.
Activities that do not require a licence still carry an obligation to ensure that food for sale is safe and suitable. Food safety is also important at home with many cases of food borne illness resulting from poor food handling in the home. To enhance your knowledge of food safety and hygiene, you may wish to undertake the free online training available on this page or read through the many fact sheets available through the web links opposite.
You need a licence if you run a food business that:
- involves the manufacture of food; or
- involves the retail sale of unpackaged food (e.g. restaurant and takeaway shops) and is not a non-profit organisation; or
- is carried on by a non-profit organisation and involves the sale of meals on at least 12 days each year.
Council also asks charity or non-profit organisations who do not require a licence under the above criteria, to apply for a temporary food licence at no charge, so that Council can ensure that the activity is undertaken safely.
For further information about which activities require a licence, which activities are exempt from licencing, and what to expect from the application process refer to the Food Business Licensing Guidelines.
There are a number of matters to consider when starting a food business in addition to licensing. The fact sheets below provide an overview of these matters.
The Banana Shire takes food hygiene within our shire very seriously. All food businesses have obligations and the Banana Shire is assisting food businesses to meet these obligations by providing free access to this exciting new training tool.
This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner.
The program is easy to follow, includes an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes. A training acknowledgement form can be printed upon completion and be kept as a part of your staff records.
Online Food Safety Training Visit www.banana.imalert.com.au to conduct the training now.
Please note that this training does not meet the training requirements for a food safety supervisor - please refer to the Food Safety Supervisor Fact Sheet for further details about food safety supervisor training requirements.
Local government shares responsibility for food safety with various Queensland Government agencies. You may wish to consult the fact sheet Making a complaint about a food or food business to determine who is responsible for your particular issue.
If the responsible agency is local government, or if you are unsure, contact Council's Environmental Health Officers on (07) 4992 9500.