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Six months to go in Standard 3.2.2A extension 

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School canteens, childcare centres, supermarkets and a range of other retail food businesses have 6 months to meet new requirements under Standard 3.2.2A of the Food Standards Code.

Following an amendment to the NSW Food Regulation last year, school canteens, children's services that supply food, supermarkets, greengrocers, delis, coffee vendors that sell food, correctional centres and boarding schools were granted an extension until 8 December 2024 to comply.

The amendment also exempted the handling or sale of food for raising funds solely for community or charitable causes from all Standard 3.2.2A requirements.  

Standard 3.2.2A applies to businesses that sell or serve unpackaged food requiring temperature control directly to consumers. 

It introduces 2 or 3 food safety requirements depending on the business: appointing a qualified Food Safety Supervisor, training all food handlers, and being able to demonstrate safe food practices.

A Food Safety Supervisor is someone associated with the business who is certified to have skills and knowledge in food safety. Training is delivered by registered training organisations.

NSW Food Authority CEO Dr Lisa Szabo said most retail food businesses in NSW had been required to have a Food Safety Supervisor for almost a decade, however there were some exemptions.

“The new standard, Standard 3.2.2A, applied the Food Safety Supervisor requirement nationally, meaning that children’s services, school canteens, supermarkets, greengrocers, delis, coffee vendors, correctional centres and boarding schools in NSW now need to appoint one for the first time,” she said.

“The additional 12 months for previously-exempt businesses in NSW was a direct result of feedback to the Food Authority that these requirements were a huge change and more time was needed.”  

The Food Authority has developed a range of resources to help businesses prepare, including personalised guides for school canteens, children’s services, and supermarkets.

Visit the Standard 3.2.2A webpage for more information.  

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