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Food safety the order of the day at Northern Beaches event

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More than 140 food businesses from across the Northern Beaches Council area ate up every minute of an information session highlighting the importance of food safety on Tuesday.

NSW Food Authority CEO Dr Lisa Szabo said the Retail and Food Service Information Session was one of three held across the state in partnership with local councils each year to foster a culture of food safety in the sector.   

“These sessions are a chance for food business operators to come together, network and talk about food issues specific to their area,” she said.

“We also provide a refresher on the basics to prevent foodborne illness, like cleaning and sanitising and handwashing, as well as allergen management and our Scores on Doors initiative.”

The event was officially opened by Northern Beaches Council mayor Cr Sue Heins, who provided the welcome address. Guest speakers from Sydney Water and the Environmental Protection Authority provided food-focused presentations on the commercial use of water, water initiatives, food waste and sustainability.

Dr Szabo said the Northern Beaches event had the largest attendance seen in more than a decade of the sessions.

“We were really impressed by the engagement from local food businesses, especially during what is a tough time for the industry,” she said.

“We look forward to another great turnout at the next event in Dubbo on Tuesday 17 September 2024.”

The Food Authority works with local councils through a Food Regulation Partnership to improve food safety in NSW.

Under the partnership, councils inspect local food businesses while the Food Authority provides support and guidance on food laws, inspections and technical advice.

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