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Standard 3.2.2A Food Safety Management Tools

Food service, caterer and related retail businesses in Australia need to meet new food safety requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) from 8 December 2023.

Standard 3.2.2A is a new food safety standard for these types of businesses that aims to improve food safety and support consumer confidence.

There are three food safety management tools in the new standard:

  • food safety supervisor (FSS)
  • food handler training
  • substantiation of critical food safety controls (evidence tool)  

Some businesses already require an FSS. The change means that these businesses will also require food handler training (for all food handlers) and if they conduct higher risk activities, the evidence tool as well.

For other businesses, the FSS requirement will be new. The new standard extends the FSS requirement to most food service, caterer and related retail businesses that are currently exempted by NSW food safety laws. These businesses will require FSS and food handler training, and if they conduct higher-risk activities, the evidence tool also. Key examples are school canteens, delicatessens  and institutional settings such as gaols.

In NSW, Food Authority licensed businesses that do not conduct retail sale of food and one-off not for profit events will be exempt from the new requirements.

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Guidance on the new Standard 3.2.2A – Food Safety Management Tools is available on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website.