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Food Safety in Your Business

Inspection program

Gosford City Council's food surveillance officers undertake regular food shop inspections where they assess food shops based on their food safety and food handling practices.

Food Inspector With Business OwnerThe primary aim of these inspections is to ensure that the food sold is safe to consume.

Council works in partnership with the NSW Food Authority to address food related matters such as: labelling, allergens in food and food borne illness investigations. More information about the partnership is available on the Food Authority website.

Further information on food standards is available at Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

Please complete the Electronic Food Premise Registration Application to register your food business with Gosford City Council.

Food safety supervisor

Legislation requires certain food businesses to have at least one trained food safety supervisor.

This applies to businesses serving food that is ready to eat, potentially hazardous and not sold and served in its package.

Currently this does not apply to: school canteens, childcare centres, delicatessens, green grocers, seafood retailers who sell only raw food, and not-for-profit, community or charitable organisations.

Further information is available on the Food Authority website.

Fact sheets and checklists

The following food safety fact sheets and checklists are available to assist in meeting the food safety requirements for your business.


Personal Hygiene

Cross Contamination

Pest Management

Doggy Bags

Starting a Food Business

Foodborne Illness

Taste Testing

Food Quality

Waste Management

Cleaning Program

Emergency Power Failure

Food Safety after a Flood, Fire or Power Cut


The following NSW Food Authority guidelines are also available:

NSW Food Authority Guidelines for Temporary Events

NSW Food Authority Guidelines for Mobile Food Vending

Food hygiene seminars

Council regularly hosts free food hygiene seminars. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting council on 4325 8222. 

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