Food Safety Supervisor Certification

Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) is required under the Food Act when a food premises  prepare and sell food that is: 

  • Ready to eat, 
  • Potentially hazardous, and 
  • Not sold and served in the supplier’s original package.  

Most restaurants, cafes, takeaway shops, bakers, pubs, clubs and caterers would fall under this category.  

Food premises that fit the above criteria will be required to appoint at 1 FSS.  Business with several premises cannot use the same FSS for each outlet.  They must nominate a different FSS for each food premises. 

A person nominated to be the FSS must be able to supervise food handing in the business to ensure food safety practices are carried out, so they need to be regularly at the shop.  The person nominated will be required obtain a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate from a registered training organisation approved by the NSW Food Authority.  This certificate is valid for 5 years and renewal should be obtained prior to the certificate being expired.    

If the FSS leaves the business, the business owner must appoint a new FSS within 30 operational days and provide the new FSS details (name and phone number and FSS certificate number) to Council via phone or e-mail.  

Having a FSS does not negate the business owner’s responsibility to handle food safely.   For more information regarding FSS, visit NSW Food Authority.
 


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