Through handwashing is the best defense for Corona Virus.
Food businesses are reminded to ensure all personnel wash their hands - throughly.
Now is the time to be reminded of the correct technique. Here are some useful handwashing resources:
Correct Food Systems has been approached by a few client businesses asking how to handle the risk of Coronavirus when handling food and the issue of staff wearing masks etc.
Here is the World Health Organisation's advice and the South Australian Governments advice on environmental hygiene that we would encourage every business to follow.
Advice for food handlers at this stage is inline with normal infection control procedures.
Here is the general advice to prevent spread of infection.
There is a a proposal for major changes to food safety management for foodservice, caterers, retail of PHF.
Summary of proposal P1053
Correct Food Systems works with clients to develop product ideas and bring them to fruition.
Recently our food technologist and consultant Kim Staples featured in a major advertisement for CGU small business insurance, working with the owner of "Domuts"- Doughnuts Treats for Dogs. Kim worked to refine the product recipe, source a suitable icing solution, conduct shelf life testing and source suitable packaging solutions. Well done Kim, Well done Domuts on a sucessful small business launch.
See the story here:
See the Domuts TV commercial here:
Woolworths have issued a new Code of Practice on Food Safety Culture.
This applies to those supplying a Woolworth's Branded Product, who are certified as Approved Suppliers using the Woolworths Supplier Excellence Program.
This Code of Practice follows in work done by the GFSI institute.
BRC also has a requirement that businesses take steps to implement a positive proactive culture that builds and develops Food Safety throughout all sections and levels of the business. Demonstrated leadership and commitment by senior management is a key requirement of both the Woolworths Code of Practice and BRC.
Correct Food Systems has developed excellent resources that will assist any business to assess the internal culture, and take actions steps to improve the values and commitment to food safety across the business.
We have a dedicated presentation suitable for management and QA on " Exploring Food Safety Culture" to assist and start the discussion and plans for the business.
Need some tools and means to assess the culture in your business- we have surveys, questionnaires and SWOT analysis forms. These are designed to meet the requirements of WSEP and BRC schemes, as well as incorporate FSANZ content.
We have staff training material to assist staff to understand the importance of food safety to the business.
Let us provide some guidance on how to develop and document the food safety culture within your business.
Many of our clients enjoyed seeing our Gary Kennedy on the ABC television, Episode 14 on the 21st August. Gary was pleased with his efforts and made it to the final round!
Gary Kennedy recently did a short segment on 2SM & Super Radio Network.
To hear the Podcast on
"How to store your food correctly" follow the link here
Gary can also be heard regularly on the ABC radio 702 on James Valentine afternoon show.
Gary regularly conducts a segment called "What the Food...."
Woolworths Supplier Excellence Program has made updates to the Codes of Practice and the Food Manufacturing Requirements (V2) and is auditable from 1 March 2019.
Suppliers to Woolworths are advised to update their food safety and quality program to reflect these changes. Refer the Version 2 documents on Wowlink, or contact Woolworths for further detail.
Correct Food Systems can assist you to update your system so it is fully compliant and aligned with these changes.A summary of changes can be found here.WSEP V 2 Update 2018-19
Gary Kennedy is pleased to make himself available for advice and consultation at the upcoming AIFST "Ask the Expert" session on Tuesday 11 September 1.00-3.30 pm.
Want some free advice or guidance?
Questions on how to improve food safety systems in your business?
Book a time to chat with Gary at the 2018 AIFST Convention in September.
.The NSW Food Authority has published a module of learning aimed to inform Food Safety Supervisors and businesses of their legal responsibilities, under the NSW Food Act 2003.
This also contains information on potential penalties ( fines) should a business or food handler be breach of the NSW Food Act 2003.
Businesses, Food Safety Supervisors, or Managers should be aware of the application of the Food Safety Standards, the laws and regulations in their state or territory and the potential for fines, criminal convictions or even prison time.
The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement reached in January 2018 may well translate to a opportunity to increase your business, as either a food importer or exporter.
Australia is one of 11 countries to reach agreement with Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
Reduction in tarriffs and new trade agreements with Canada and Mexico and greater market access to Japan, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei are expected to be finalised and signed off in March 2018. There is talk of Indonesia and Korea joining the agreement in the future.
It is reported that the significant wins for Australian exporters under the TPP include:
Food Safety educator.
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Correct Training Systems can deliver a update of industry news to your team, train you on the latest changes in standards or deliver a "HACCP Recharge" training course at your site".
Contact us for further information.