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Food safety

Food poisoning or foodborne illness is the name for a range of illnesses caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or drink. Approximately 4.1 million people in Australia are affected by food poisoning each year.

Our environmental health officers regularly inspect and monitor local food businesses to ensure the food they provide is safe.

  • For consumers

    There are many simple food safety tips  you can follow to prevent food poisoning in the home.

  • For businesses

    Take our free online and interactive training course I’M ALERT to develop skills and knowledge about preparing food for customers.

    There are also a number of tools and resources to help you operate your food business.

  • Temporary Caterer's Permit Online Application

    Please read the application guidelines before filling out the online form.

  • Central Highlands Multicultural Festival

    The following videos were developed for food site holders at the Central Highlands Multicultural Festival.

    Food Site Hygiene

    Food Site

  • Queensland Government | The Food Pantry

    The Queensland Health small business regulatory form, the Food Pantry is here!

    The pantry provides a simple and user-friendly way for food businesses and consumers to find information about general food safety, legislative, licensing and training requirements. It includes new interactive online tools:

    • Online food complaints form that automatically triages complaints to the correct enforcement agency based on location and responsibility
    • Do I need a label – a quick and easy way to find out if food needs to have a label based on a few simple questions
    • Label buster – a step-by-step guide to getting personalised information needed to create a food label
    • Know your food business – a self-assessment guide for businesses to find out if they meet legal requirements and to get ideas on how to improve food safety
    • Free training:
      • DoFoodSafely to learn how to safely work with, and handle food
      • All about allergens a way for food businesses to learn about food allergens and how to develop best practice procedures for making food safe for customers with allergies

    Access more information on the Queensland Health website. 

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