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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Branch Presidents’ Reports Guest Speakers/Presentations South Australian Branch (continued) Members are encouraged to arrange guest speakers to present on topical issues relating to food. This year we have had interesting presentations from CDCB, Start Right Eat Right and IMVS. Department of Health also presented information on their food sampling surveys and issues of particular interest such as recent outbreaks and investigations. ‘Show and Tell’ has recently been added as an ongoing item on the agenda. This provides Councils with an opportunity to share general information on policies/processes, and to present ‘case studies’ on how they have dealt with particular issues. Food Safety Week Held in November, the theme “Back to Basics” focused on the key food safety issues - clean, cook, chill and separate. The Department of Health offered small grants to encourage Councils to participate and those that undertook educational projects provided feedback to the SIG. All projects were reported to have been successful in promoting the basic food safety messages. The DH grant was extremely beneficial in assisting Council’s to fund such projects that otherwise may not have been conducted. Naming & Shaming/Scores on Doors Lastly, an issue that has recently received media attention revolves around the concept of making food premises inspection details available to the public. Scores on Doors and other similar programs are currently being implemented overseas and this greater transparency in food regulation is being promoted by some local members of parliament. This issue will no doubt be one that the SIG will continue to discuss and debate. Jeremy Draper mAIEH and Elle Clarke mAIEH Food SIG Co-Conveners: 34 EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008