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Food business compliance simplified

05 June 2023 | By Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Eligible Victorian cafes, restaurants and food manufacturing businesses will no longer need to undertake compliance programs following a regulatory change announced by the Victorian Government.

Business classified as ‘class two’ premises will save up to 80 hours a year upon the reduction of the food safety programs. 

Class two food businesses handle potentially hazardous foods or manufacture ‘low-risk’ food for which any allergen-free claim is made. 

Examples of Class 2 food businesses include restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, pubs, caterers, delicatessens, supermarkets with delicatessens and most manufacturers. 

Low-risk foods are unlikely to contain pathogenic micro-organisms and will not normally support their growth because of their characteristics, including grains and cereals, carbonated beverages, jams and dried fruits, pasteurised milk and cut fruit or vegetables that are not additionally processed. 

The change will benefit about 30,000 businesses.  

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