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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Special Interest Group Reports Food Safety Special Interest Group This year the Food Safety Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings were well attended and supported by members. The membership group consists of city and regional Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) and State Government (SA Health) representatives. Craig Nicks moved from his role as Secretary to Co-Convenor due to Jeremy Draper moving interstate. Jeremy’s contribution to the profession is well recognised and we extend our thanks and best wishes. This year the concept of ‘Show and Tell’ was introduced to the agenda to provide an opportunity for EHOs to present issues to the group. This promotes the sharing of information and experiences as well as encouraging consistency and there were new issues and various challenges such as: Food Safety Auditing Over 50 EHOs completed training and are now approved food safety auditors. The SIG was used as a forum to discuss the implementation of auditing and other issues such as: n Audit fee structures, n Audit reports and classifying non-conformances, n Demonstrating compliance in various areas such as cleaning and sanitising, Listeria management and record keeping, n Second round audits and closing out previous non- conformances. As part of SA Health’s commitment to provide auditors with ongoing training and development, an Auditors’ Forum was recently held. The forum was well attended by SIG members and matters discussed on the day included the above issues. Presentations – Guest Speakers/Show & Tell Presentations this year included the proposed Drinking Water Act from SA Health, food safety training opportunities from TAFE, Surface Swabbing Project and Sushi issues from local government EHOs. SA Health also provided updates on a Salmonella outbreak investigation, fresh noodle survey, melamine food recall and egg safety. Working Groups Small working groups were formed to address key food safety issues. The primary aim was to expand members’ knowledge and promote consistency amongst EHOs. Groups are currently working on egg and meat sales at farm gate and farmers markets, and sushi processing. Contributions/Submissions The SIG made a contribution to the following: n Environmental Health Australia SA Branch Knowledge Base Project n Proposed Drinking Water Bill Submission n LGA Food Safety Audit Fee Guidelines n Food Act Information System Review n Food Act Memorandum of Understanding Review n Food Industry Bulletins prepared by SA Health Combined SIG Meetings This year two combined meetings were scheduled to entice rural EHO attendance. SIG meetings were held on the same day at the same location to provide members with the opportunity to attend different SIGs. Members responded positively to this initiative. Food SIG Convenors also gave a presentation to Environmental Health University students to promote SIGs and EHA membership. SA Food Handler Update (SAFHU) SAFHU is a printed educational resource prepared by an editorial team and distributed to more than 9,500 food businesses by over 30 Councils. A variety of food safety issues are covered including compliance with legislative requirements. Other issues that have been discussed at the SIG and will challenge the group next year include: n Naming and Shaming, Scores on Doors n Improving consistency when interpreting and enforcing legislation n Food safety training for targeted businesses n Egg and meat sales at farmers markets Elle Clarke MEHA and Craig Nicks MEHA Food Safety Special Interest Group Co-Convenors Branch Reports South Australian Branch (continued)
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