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General Circular - Auditing restrictions on vulnerable persons facilities to be lifted

19 May 2020

An important update from the NSW Food Authority for all licensees serving food to vulnerable persons
in NSW.

Auditing restrictions on vulnerable persons facilities to be lifted

As of 1 June 2020, auditing restrictions previously imposed on licensed vulnerable persons (VP) facilities will be lifted. The NSW Food Authority is aware of the challenges these restrictions have placed on licensees. To assist businesses back to normal operations, audit due-by dates have been extended by 90days for businesses who were affected by the auditing restrictions, taking effect from 1 June 2020. Businesses who were due for a regulatory food safety audit between 23 March 2020 and 1 June 2020 will now need to have undertaken their audit by 31 August 2020.

Information pertaining to the safety of residents has been communicated to auditors. As a result of these precautions, audits will focus on the preparation area of the licensed facility. Minimal presence within serveries will be adhered to by auditors and is only to be undertaken if critical non-conformances are identified.

Licensed facilities should ensure they continue to operate in compliance with their Food Safety Programs during this period to ensure records are available when auditing recommences.

Information about COVID-19 for food businesses is available on the NSW Food Authority website:

www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/help/covid-19-advice-for-businesses

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has activated a new team and launched online resources to help primary industries navigate the challenges and impacts of COVID-19. COVID-19 related information for industry, including contact information, is available on the NSW DPI website:

www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/home/covid-19

The NSW Government continues to work with national and international agencies to provide the most up to date information as this issue evolves. The NSW Government recommends that people follow NSW Health guidelines for more information.

For more information about this Circular, please call the NSW Food Authority helpline on 1300 552 406 or email: food.contact@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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