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Complete Safefood

Complete Safefood

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A guide to the Food Safety Standards
A guide to the Food Safety Standards

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Published by: Evan Knoble on Jan 16, 2011
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This clause has been included to ensure food premises, fixtures, fittings and
equipment, and those parts of vehicles that are used to transport food and
equipment are maintained in a good state of repair and working order so as not to
compromise food safety and suitability.

This clause includes a general requirement relating to maintaining the food premises, etc.,
and a more specific requirement for eating and drinking utensils.

21(1)A food business must maintain food premises, fixtures, fittings, equipment, and

those parts of vehicles that are used to transport food, in a good state of repair and

working order having regard to their use.

Fixtures and fittings have not been specifically defined but they include such items as
benches, shelves, sinks, hand washbasins and cupboards, whether permanently fixed in the
premises or moveable. They also include light fittings, ventilation ducts, pipes and electric
wiring.

Equipment is defined (see page 11) and includes all equipment used in handling food as
well as equipment used to clean food premises or equipment. Examples of equipment used
in handling food are refrigerators and coolrooms (including associated motors), bain-
marie units, cooking and other processing equipment, and thermometers. Food vending
machines are also equipment. Examples of equipment used to clean food premises or
equipment are dishwashers, brooms, mops, buckets and hoses.

The parts of vehicles that are used to transport food have been mentioned separately as
transport vehicles do not fall under the definition of food premises. Under this clause, only
the part or parts of the vehicle used to transport food need to be maintained. For example,
if the vehicle is used to transport chilled food and the refrigeration unit is broken down,
this unit must be fixed. However, if the vehicle engine needs repairing, it does not need to
be fixed under this clause.

Food premises, fixtures, fittings and equipment and those parts of vehicles that are used to
transport food need to be properly maintained to:

•prevent contamination of food from flaking plaster, paint, timber, broken glass, leaking
pipes, etc.;

•enable effective cleaning and, if necessary, sanitising;

•ensure pests do not gain access to the building or vehicle from holes in ceilings, walls,

etc.; and

•ensure the equipment works as intended.

The clause refers to a ‘good state of repair and working order having regard to their use’. A
‘good state of repair’ means that things are not broken, split, chipped, worn out, etc.
‘Working order’ means that the thing must work. These two matters relate to the use of the
premises, fixture, fitting, equipment or vehicle. For example, if equipment is not being used
or is being used (appropriately) for another purpose, it is not required to be in working
order, for example a bain-marie unit that no longer operates is being used by the food
business to display non-potentially hazardous food.

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND FOOD AUTHORITYSAFE FOOD AUSTRALIA

STANDARD 3.2.2

108

A GUIDE TO THE FOOD SAFETY STANDARDSSECOND EDITION, JANUARY 2001

21(2)A food business must not use any chipped, broken or cracked eating or drinking

utensils for handling food.

This clause has been included to specifically prohibit the use of cracked eating or drinking
utensils for any purpose relating to the handling of food. Chipped, broken or cracked
eating or drinking utensils are a food safety risk for the following reasons:

•they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitised and therefore may allow the
transmission of infectious diseases; and

•they may contaminate food directly if broken or chipped pieces of the utensil fall into

the food.

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND FOOD AUTHORITYSAFE FOOD AUSTRALIA

109

STANDARD 3.2.2

AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND FOOD STANDARDS CODECHAPTER 3(AUSTRALIA ONLY)

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