Do you handle food for a business, charity, hospitality or fundraising endeavour?
Then Sunshine Coast Council’s free online food training course may be just the tool you need to ensure you do not contribute to the estimated 5.4 million cases of foodborne illnesses every year (14,800 cases per day) in Australia, with about 120 deaths.*
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the health and safety of Sunshine Coast residents was paramount to council and the online food training application was an important weapon in its armoury.
“Since launching the online food training program around 12 months ago, more than 1,000 residents have gained valuable skills to assist them to provide quality, hygienic and safe food to their customers,” Cr McKay said.
“There are still many more food handlers out there however who are not aware of this free online training program – accessible 24 hours per day, seven days a week via council’s website – to help them prevent foodborne illnesses.
“Whether you are an experienced food operator looking for a quick and effective refresher course or just starting out, food safety is your business – it is the responsibility of a food business to ensure that all food sold is safe and suitable.
“Council undertakes regular audits of all of the 1,546 fixed, 91 mobile and 194 temporary food business premises throughout the region to ensure compliance with the Food Act 2006 and the Food Standards Code for Australia and New Zealand.
“The interactive, logical and easy learning format of the online course will assist you to develop or refresh the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers and to comply with your obligations.
“If you do not have access to a computer or the internet at work or at home, you can book a computer at one of council's libraries.”
The provisions of the Queensland Food Act 2006 (Food Safety Standards) require that all persons undertaking food handling operations have appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety matters; and all licensable food businesses require a food safety supervisor.
*Department of Health and Ageing, unpublished