Food Safety in the Community

While there is only a small number of cases of food borne illness across Australia each year, and the financial implications for the broader community and the health care system is arguable, the typical causes are generally well understood and in most instances the personal inconvenience and illness are preventable.

Upper Lachlan Shire Council employs an Environmental Health & Building Surveyor who carries out a broad range of inspections from an educational and enforcement perspective.

The primary aim of these inspections is to ensure that food sold is safe to consume. Council officers conduct regular inspections to:

  • ensure that food is being handled and produced hygienically and will be safe to eat
  • minimise the potential risk for food poisoning
  • ensure that business operators and food handlers have appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety and food hygiene
  • inspect premises and assess the condition of the equipment and appliances
  • assess personal hygiene practices

Consumer video from NSW Food Authority

The Truth About Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is messy. The NSW Food Authority has released a consumer video which shows the causes of food poisoning, symptoms, how to avoid it and the truth about carrots and vomit.

The video outlines the causes, symptoms and onset times of food poisoning, featuring:

  • the risk of food poisoning from improperly prepared meals,
  • food poisoning may not be caused by the last thing you ate, and
  • a range of pathogens  that cause food poisoning.

Press this link at your own risk Truth about food poisoning

The following is the link to the NSW Food Authority's food poisoning webpage:

NSW Food Authority food poisoning webpage

Food Notification, Legislation, Standards and Codes

All food businesses are required under the new National Food Standards to notify the appropriate enforcement agency in their area of certain information associated with the operation of the business.

The main legislation is the Standards adopted under the provisions of the Food Regulation 2015, the Food Act 2003 and the Food Standards Code.

Contact Details

  • Environment & Planning Department
  • Phone: 02 48301000
  • Fax: 02 48301045
  • council@upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au