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Food Safety

This Food Safety website provides information about food safety and food safety regulation for food businesses and community groups conducting food fundraisers.

Latest Food Recalls and media alerts

11 April 2014 Smoked Sea Salt Gourmet Seasoning - Undeclared allergen (soy)
9 April 2014 Coles Easter Eggs - Undeclared allegen (tree nuts)
4 April 2014 Freedom Foods Rice Bars - Undeclared allergen (dairy)
27 March 2014 Nutra Organics Energy Bars - Undeclared allergens (milk, peanuts and almonds)
25 March 2014 Holland House Lumpfish Black Caviar - Foreign matter (glass)
6 March 2014 Whitestone Windsor Blue Cheese - Microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)
13 February 2014 Various KV Dairy, Grand Chef and Grand Food Cheese and Butter Products - Microbial (possible Listeria monocytogenes)
8 February 2014 Berri Prima Tropicool Twirler Fruit Drink - Microbial (suspected spoilage bacteria)
7 February 2014 Coles Beef Burgers - Undeclared allergen (gluten)
31 January 2014 Woolworths Select Flavoured Cashews - Thai Style Sweet Chilli - Undeclared allergen (peanut)
24 January 2014 Mrs Mac's Microwave Pies - Packaging fault
24 January 2014 Green Time Natural Coconut Drink – undeclared allergen (milk)
23 January 2014 KV Dairy Tulum Cheese- Microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)
15 January 2014 Ashgrove and Emporium Cheese Varieties - microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)
24 December 2013 Brumby's Bakery Gourmet Christmas pudding – media release and allergen warning
3 December 2013 Vodka Cruiser Sugar Free Pomegranate and Guava - non-compliant labelling (the product does not include a mandatory warning statement for phenylalanine)
27 November 2013 Coles Corned Beef Silverside - undeclared allergen (sulphite)
18 November 2013 Tramin Pinot Grigio 2012 white wine - undeclared allergen (sulphite)
4 November 2013 Haldiram's Nagpur Indian Snacks 'Tasty Nuts' spiced coated fried peanuts - Biotoxin (Aflatoxin)
21 October 2013 Brannans Butchery Thai Style Chicken Breast Kebabs - undeclared allergen (soy and sulphite)
17 October 2013 Macro Food Baby Puree - packaging fault
25 September 2013 Mrs Crimbles Choc Macaroons - undeclared allergen (dairy)
12 September 2013 Four 'N Twenty Aussie Pastie - foreign matter (plastic)
23 August 2013 Black and Gold Broccoli Florets - foreign matter (glass)
15 August 2013 Schulz Organic Full Cream Milk - microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)
15 August 2013 Doodles Creek Caesar Dressing - undeclared allergen (dairy)
14 August 2013 Shahjalal Vegetable Singhara - undeclared allergen (peanut)
6 August 2013 Eden Smokehouse Smoked Mussels Mexican Chilli Microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)
19 July 2013 'beng-beng' Chocolate Bar Box - undeclared allergen (dairy)
7 June 2013 Ajitas Vege Deli Crisps - undeclared allergen (dairy)
12 April 2013 Liberty Gluten Free Lamingtons (undeclared allergen – gluten)
12 April 2013 Alligator Brand Veal Ravioli - ndeclared allergen (soy)
10 April 2013 Macro Vegetarian Roasted Vegetable Split Pea & Spinach Bites - foreign matter contamination (metal)
5 February 2013 Woolworths Turkey – Foreign Matter Contamination (clear plastic)
1 February 2013 Blue Cheese - microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)
22 January 2013 The Market Grocer Raisins and Fruit & Nut Mix - undeclared allegen (sulphur dioxide)

What's New

Donating food to emergency services

If you'd like to donate food - or help in any other way - during an emergency, the Donating food to emergency services flyer will help you determine the best way to assist.

Link to Streatrader external website

Registering your temporary and mobile food premises

Streatrader allows businesses and community groups that sell food from stalls and vans to make a registration application, lodge a notification or Statement of Trade, manage information and pay fees online to their principal council. This can be done anytime day or night with no need to go to the council office.  Once your application has been accepted by your principal council, you can trade anywhere in Victoria.

Register your temporary and mobile food premises.

For further information email streatrader@health.vic.gov.au or call 1300 085 767.

Food Safety Supervisor training for Hospitality – update to course codes

Please note the Food Safety Supervisor training for Hospitality has updated competency codes and titles. The Food Safety Supervisor fact sheet is available here with further information on where to find registered training organisations that offer this training and what sector training is best suited for you.

Food safety program template folder availability

The Food safety program template for Class 2 retail and food service businesses No.1 version 2 hard copy in a durable folder is now available from the Information Victoria bookshop. You can purchase this online at www.bookshop.vic.gov.au, or from the bookshop at Level 20, 80 Collins Street, Melbourne (Tel 1300 366 356).

Alternatively, you can use Foodsmart to develop a free food safety program tailored for the food handling activities in your business or download an identical copy of the template from the Food safety program templates page.

Community group temporary and mobile food premises template - Class 2 now available

The popular "Events" template has been updated and is now the "Community group temporary and mobile food premises template - Class 2". You can download the template at Community Groups.

This template is for community groups that operate temporary or mobile food premises that sell food and have been advised by council their activities fall under class 2.

Translated versions are now available in Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese:

Inter-agency Memorandum of Understanding for food regulation

The Department of Health, PrimeSafe, Dairy Food Safety Victoria and the Municipal Association of Victoria (representing local councils in Victoria) work together to ensure safe food is sold in Victoria. The MoU is an agreement on what agency takes the lead role in regulation. See Victorian food agencies roles & collaboration.