Food businesses

It is a requirement that all food businesses in Queensland comply with all requirements of the Food Act 2006 and the Food Safety Standards 2001.

Queensland Health and Local Government are responsible for administering the requirements of the Food Act 2006 and Food Safety Standards 2001.

The aim of the Food Act 2006  is to ensure the safety of the public by the supply of safe and suitable food.

The Food Safety Standards sets out obligations for people who handle, sell, or prepare food for sale.  All people who carry out these activities in a food business are responsible for ensuring the food that is sold is safe and suitable.

Food businesses are required to be licensed by council annually which requires food business owners to review licence information and pay an annual licence fee.

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Free Online Food Safety Training

I'M ALERT Food Safety Training is now available through the Mackay Regional Council website.

The Mackay Regional Council takes food hygiene within our region very seriously. All food businesses have obligations and the Mackay Regional Council is assisting food businesses to meet these obligations by providing free access to this exciting new training tool. Council has subscribed to this online program which enables food handlers to complete training for FREE, in their own time and at a location of their choosing, thereby reducing costs for the food business and improving productivity.

Council highly recommends any person (food handlers as well as Food Safety Supervisors) involved in the food industry to complete this training program. It is also ideal for anyone in the community to do as it can help improve your skills when cooking in the kitchen at home for family and friends.

There is a high demand for training within the food sector. This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner. The program is easy to follow, includes an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes. A training acknowledgement form can be printed upon completion and be kept as a part of your staff records.

Visit I'M ALERT Food Safety Training to conduct the training now.

Food business news

There are more than 550 food retailing businesses in the Mackay Regional Council area, including food wholesalers, restaurants and cafes, hotels and licensed clubs, supermarkets, service stations and convenience stores, as well as schools, childcare centres, hospitals and aged care facilities.

Footpath dining

Footpath dining is regulated by council's local laws. If you wish to utilise the footpath for dining purposes, an application must be made to council:

Once the approval is issued it is transferable.  If you propose to take over an existing business that has footpath dining permit, the appropriate sections of the form listed above must be completed and submitted to council with the relevant fee.

If you would like further information regarding footpath dining, contact council.