Surveillance for compliance with these requirements is performed when authorised officers conduct regular food premises inspections or regulatory audits (where required) of food businesses. To find out if your business requires an audit, see the Food safety audits page. For general information on food safety inspections see below.
Food premises inspections are mainly conducted by Environmental Health Officers employed by the local government (council) where the business is located.
Food premises inspections assess compliance with the Code, particularly the Food Safety Standards (Chapter 3 of the Code). Chapter 3 of the Code sets out the minimum requirements for:
safe food handling and preparation procedures
health and hygiene
structural and other requirements of facilities
In addition to routine food premises inspections, inspections to assess compliance with the Code can also occur:
during investigations of complaints;
due to food safety incidents; and/or
in response to surveys.
Inspections can be undertaken by authorised officers at any reasonable time, including any time when the business is open and/or operating. During inspections, officers can ask food handlers questions, examine food and records, take photographs, and record observations. They may also take videos or other recordings, take food samples and/or seize food or equipment if necessary.
Authorised officers are appointed by the enforcement agency under Section 94 of the Food Act 2001. The powers of authorised officers are set out in Section 37 of the Food Act 2001.
Authorised officers should always carry and be able to produce their authorisation card to food businesses upon request. Authorised officers may be Environmental Health Officers from the local council/authority, SA Health authorised officers and/or Department of Health and Wellbeing approved food safety auditors.
For more information
For specific information relating to food premises inspections, contact the local council (see the LGA’s SA Council Locator to find the relevant council) or contact SA Health’s Food Standards Surveillance team via firstname.lastname@example.org or on (08) 8226 7100.
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