(Updated August 2015)
Standard 3.3.1 requires Australian food businesses that prepare food for service to vulnerable people to implement a food safety program. This normally includes food businesses providing food to hospital patients, aged care residents and children in child care centres, who are at greater risk of foodborne illness.
A vulnerable person is defined as a person who receives care from one of the facilities listed in the standard or is a client of a delivered meals organisation. The facilities listed in the standard include:
hospital facilities including acute care, psychiatric, hospice, chemotherapy and renal dialysis facilities
aged care facilities including nursing homes, respite care, same day aged care and low care aged care facilities
child care facilities, including long day care, occasional day care and employer sponsored child care (does not include family day care).
Does Standard 3.3.1 apply to all businesses that process and serve food for vulnerable people?
No. The following businesses are not required to have a food safety program under this standard:
businesses which process or serve food for five or less clients/patients at any given time
businesses which only process or serve non-potentially hazardous foods – for example they only serve tea or coffee with biscuits
businesses that prepare food that is not ready-to-eat, e.g. they only provide ingredients or foods that are to undergo further processing, such as cooking
businesses that principally prepare food for the general community but which may also prepare food for vulnerable people
delivered meals organisations that only deliver food.
If you are not sure whether your business will need a food safety program contact your state or territory health department or local council.