Regulation 18 of the Food Act Regulations require that persons who handle food for sale must ensure that the food is stored at such temperature that will, as far as practicable, preserve it from; deterioration.
This means that pre-made sandwiches, filled rolls and any other hazardous food must be transported and stored at a temperature of 5?C or less. Therefore the food must be refrigerated to maintain this temperature. However to aid impulse buying, we will accept that these products must be displayed out of refrigeration for a maximum of two hours between 12 noon and 2.00 p.m., but only if the food has been previously refrigerated.
Regulation 15 of the Food Act Regulations state that food which may have deteriorated or become contaminated must not be transported or returned to a place of manufacture unless the food is segregated from food or sale.
If these products are supplied on a sale or return basis then they must be clearly identified as stale or contaminated food and stored in a separate receptacle and segregated from fresh food.
Section. 19 of the Food Act, 1985 states that this Section applies to food of a kind required by the Regulations to be labelled in accordance with requirements laid down; by the Regulations.
This requirement applies to pre-made sandwiches and filled rolls not manufactured on the premises.
They are required to be clearly labelled with the name and address of the manufacturer printed in not smaller than 1.5mm type in a contrasting colour to the background.
If these foods are for sale on the day of preparation only, such products would be exempt from the "use by date''.
If these products are to remain at the point of sale for longer than 24 Hours they will require such coding as specified in the Food Standards Code which is administered by the South Australian Health Commission.
Failure to comply with the requirements of the Food Act, 1985 and Regulations under the Food Act may constitute an offence both for an employee and an employer.
For further information about this guideline or any other
matters pertaining to food storage and/or hygiene, please contact
Council's Environmental Health Officer.
Environmental Health Section
Council Customer Service Centres
Tel: 8408 0400 Fax: 8389 7440