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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 FoodSafe® Other Activities In 2006 the AIEH marked 10 years, 10 thousand sales, and over $1 million in revenue for FoodSafe®! FoodSafe® was developed by EHA (formerly AIEH) in 1996 and underwent a revision in 20 03 to align with the national Food Safety Standards. FoodSafe® PLUS is the 'second step' for food businesses already holding FoodSafe ® certification and who now want to develop their own food safety program to manage their food safety risks. FoodSafe® PLUS applies the principles of hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) to guide the food business through the FoodSafe ® PLUS Manual to develop their own Quality Policy Statement. Both FoodSafe® and FoodSafe® PLUS are unique in the marketplace, as they are competitively priced and allow the business to implement the program at their own pace, with the assistance of EHPs. FoodSafe® is an in-house training program that brings basic food hygiene information directly to food handlers. Once the food handlers have undergone basic food safety training and demonstrated that they have implemented the food safety practices, an Environmental Health Officer recognises this achievement by awarding the FoodSafe® Certificate and window sticker. Demand for the Foodsafe® DVD which now includes a menu format and additional material, such as the ‘Welcome to FoodSafe ®’ presentation in English, and six (6) Asian languages, was sufficiently high for the EHA to sell the DVDs separately to existing customers to replace the old VCDs and VHS cassettes. In 2008, the EHA Board accepted a report from the CEO and FoodSafe ® Committee to develop an on-line learning version of the FoodSafe® program. Larger industries, such as facility management companies and child-care chains, now demand this on-line format for their geographically dispersed food handling staff. The on-line learning website is operational and active. Overall performance of FoodSafe® in 2008-2009 indicated that it suffered the same fate as the international economy and budgeted sales were not reached! I am happy to report that a small profit was garnered from a range of sales in the last year. EHA looks forward to stronger sales in the coming year and further promotion is encouraged. The FoodSafe® Committee advocates the ‘FoodSafe® Aware’ program which is designed to acknowledge businesses that support the food industry and train staff in food safety to the level required in FoodSafe®. So far requests have come from commercial cleaning and pest control companies servicing the food industry, showing that recognition and knowledge of the FoodSafe® logo is widespread in the industry. The release of ‘FoodSafe ® Aware’ is awaiting development of a licensing arrangement for corporate customers, related to the on-line learning system. Darren Ponton MEHA Chair, FoodSafe® Committee
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
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