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What is in a food safety program? A food safety Program: Identifies potential hazards that may occur in all food handling operations of the food business. Identifies where and how each hazard can be controlled. Provides for the systematic monitoring of those controls. Provides appropriate corrective action when a hazard is found to be not under control. Provides for the regular review of the program by the food business to ensure its adequacy. Provides for appropriate records to be made and kept by the food business demonstrating action taken in relation to, or in compliance with, the food safety program. While this may sound very complicated, most states and territories provide food safety program template to help businesses develop a plan appropriate to the type, size and complexity of their operation, while meeting the legislative requirements. The templates describe the policies and procedures which should be in place and provide examples of documents which can be used to record monitoring systems and corrective actions. The templates can be accessed by visiting the website of your Sate or Territory’s Health Department. Food safety programmes are covered in section 2 Food Safety Program Benefits Serving safe food is vital to your establishment's success. A well designed, food safety program can help protect your establishment's employees, customers, and reputation. When food is handled safely, its quality is preserved. Safe food handling will help maintain the appearance, flavour, texture, consistency, and nutritional value of food. Food that is stored, prepared, and served properly is more likely to provide the quality your customers deserve and demand. Safe food handling can also lead to lower food costs due to less waste. What is Food Hygiene? The main purpose of the food safety program is to ensure a high standard of food hygiene. Food hygiene is the responsible preparation and presentation of food by: Protecting food from food poisoning bacteria, spoilage bacteria and foreign objects Preventing the growth and multiplication of bacteria that could lead to a food borne-illness (covered in the next slide) Properly cooking and processing food to kill harmful bacteria. The result of poor food hygiene practices The consequences of poor food hygiene practices can be very serious. When a food business does not follow good food hygiene practices, the following may occur: Food poisoning Complaints from customers Increased food wastage Pest invasion Loss of reputation, which in turn can lead to loss of business Premises shut down, either temporarily or permanently Fines, prosecution and legal action
SITXFSA001A Implement Food Safety Procedures Course notes Page 4 of 42 Hospitality Institute of Australasia © Both employers and food handlers can be liable for breaches of food safety. Fines can be issued to both business owners and employees. Civil action can also be taken against workers and employers.

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