food safety programs

Safe food

what's a food safety program?

A food safety program (FSP) is a document prepared by a business outlining control measures and procedures that its operation has put in place to reduce, or eliminate, significant food safety hazards associated with a product that is produced or sold.

Common food safety hazards that may pose a risk to public health are biological, physical and chemical.

A FSP provides a means to demonstrate scheme compliance, and assurance to regulators and others that the product is safe.

developing a food safety program

A food safety program identifies and lists the risks to food safety that may arise in the day-to-day operation of your business.

Your food safety program must describe the food production activities your business carries out, identify risks, and show how you manage the risks. You will also be required to maintain records as part of your food safety program.

Use the fact sheet tips for a successful food safety program [PDF] 43Kb, and the Australia New Zealand Dairy Authorities Committee Guidelines For Food Safety Dairy Farms [PDF] 124Kb to help you identify what you need to include in your food safety program.

record keeping

Records are an essential part of any businesses food safety program. They give you better control of your product and help you ensure quality, safety and importantly traceabilty.

Enough records must be maintained to allow Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) to monitor a holder of accreditation's (HOAs) compliance with the Dairy Scheme and the HOAs food safety program.

SFPQ must be able to use records to trace the stages that apply to a HOAs food safety program (e.g. supplying an animal to a dairy for milking, supplying milk to a factory for processing, etc).

As part of your food safety program under the Dairy Scheme use the guide to keeping records as a producer of dairy and dairy products in queensland [PDF] 44Kb to help you decide what records are needed for your business.