Why is food safety important?
Estimates of foodborne illness within Australia are 5.4 million cases per year (14,800 cases per day), with about 120 deaths annually. The cost of these levels of foodborne disease is estimated to be $1.2 billion per year (Department of Health and Ageing, unpublished).
The social consequences of foodborne disease include both temporary and serious chronic illness and even death.
Why is food safety training important?
Studies and research have concluded that the completion of food safety training assists and individual in improving food safety work practices in the workplace.
The provisions of the Queensland Food Act 2006 (Food Safety Standards) require that:
- All persons undertaking food handling operations have appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety matters (accredited or non-accredited training); and
- All licensable food businesses require a food safety supervisor (accredited training only)
Food Safety Training Services
Council offers the following food safety training services:
- Basic food safety training (non-accredited)
- Free online food safety training I'm Alert – This interactive training can be conducted online at any time and will assist you and your staff to develop the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers and to comply with your obligations under the Food Safety Standards for Australia and New Zealand.
- Food safety supervisor training (accredited)
- Ipswich City Council has partnered with Bremer Institute of TAFE to conduct Food Handling Courses.
Bremer institute of TAFE can offer all businesses and community groups nationally accredited food safety training, from a basic food hygiene training course to more advanced courses on food safety programs.
They offer a wide range of training delivery options to fit in with business needs, such as traditional on-campus, workplace delivery or even online self-paced courses. For further information to contact The Bremer Institute of TAFE.