On 25 May 2017 lupin was added to the Australian food allergens list. All products, including existing products out on shelves, will need to comply with the new labelling requirements for declaring lupin by 26 May 2018. Further details are available on the FSANZ website: www.foodstandards.gov.au
If you are fermenting food and drink, make sure you update your food safety program to include the fermentation food handling practice.
DoFoodSafely, the department's free online food handlers' learning program, is being redesigned. Watch for updates.
Lupin must now be declared as an allergen. Make sure your business complies.allergens
If you ferment food, such as kefir, kombucha or kimchi update your food safety program now.food handling practices
DoFoodSafely: Updated free online food handlers' learning program is coming soon.learning
Food safety programs and your legal obligations
All class 2 businesses are required under the Victorian Food Act 1984 to have a food safety program. FoodSmart allows you to create a food safety program tailored to your business practices.
Contained in your tailored food safety program are certain processes, controls and requirements. For example you must cook certain foods to 75 ⁰C and above; or acidify sushi rice to a pH of 4.0. If you cannot, or choose not to, comply with the limits and requirements, you may need an independent food safety program.
Where can I get help?
If you are unsure whether FoodSmart is the right food safety program template for your business, you should contact your local council environmental health officer (EHO) for help. Find your council using the Know Your Council website: www.knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au.