If there’s one thing that fairs, markets, festivals, and live shows have in common, it’s that they all serve food in different ways. Whether it’s full meals or quick-serve snacks, food must be served at these social events. Because there are lots of factors involved in the service and sale of these food, such as environment and attendees, it is important that foodstuffs are prepared in a hygienic and safe manner.
Due to these concerns, the SITXFSA001 (Use Hygienic Practices for Food Safety) is considered best practice for food servers who are working in South Australia. The food safety certificate coursework covers the following topics: the obligations of food servers and handlers according to the current legislation, the proper means and methods of food handling and storage, the potential hygiene risks that may be present in any given food prep situation, correct and appropriate methods of cleaning and sanitising food prep workstations and food items, and the correct and appropriate hygienic practices for food handlers.
Given this information, the certificate has been made available to prospective workers looking to get into the food industry by training through a Registered Training Organisations (also known as RTOs). You can do a food safety course online through CTA.
On top of the SITXFSA001 certification, there are other requirements for food vendors intending to participate in temporary events such as festivals and pop-up markets. These requirements are necessary to ensure the prepping and service of food is adequately handled, and that all of the legal liabilities are met appropriately.
Temporary events are required to notify the local council of the area in which they intend to set up. This notification comes in the form of an application to the local council, including the details regarding the nature of the event (for the organisers of the event) and food activity details (for food vendors who intend to sell during the event). These applications may include fees for services, permits, and additional approvals. Some councils may also require for the site of the event itself to be registered or approved before any other approvals are given. It’s important for organisers and vendors to coordinate with their local council or councils regarding applications and possible fees.
Food vendors may also be required to appoint a Food Safety Supervisor if the food vendors intend to serve any of the following: ready-to-eat food items, potentially hazardous items (i.e. foods that require temperature control), and food items that are to be sold or served in another container or packaging separate from the original supplier’s container or packaging.
Food vendors operating in temporary events are also required to implement food safety controls for food handling, such as any or all of the following: storing potentially hazardous foodstuffs at the correct temperature; avoiding or preventing cross-contamination; storing raw foods away from pre-cooked or ready-to-eat foods; keeping food preparations and handling workstations or areas clean; preventing food workers from handling food when sick or ill; and checking that packaged food is appropriately labelled in a clear and legible manner.
These are just some of the requirements for setting up food vending stalls or shops during temporary events. Fairs and festivals wouldn’t be the same without food stalls so food vendors should be mindful of the requirements needed for compliance when it comes to these events.
To get more information on how to acquire a food safety certificate, visit CTA Training Specialists (Club Training Australia) today.