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Food Safety

With over 1,000 food businesses located within the City, Council's Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) are involved in conducting routine inspections of these businesses to ensure compliance with the Food Act 2001, and Food Regulations 2002 as well as to provide advice and guidance on food safety to business owners.

Require assistance to interpret sections of the Food Safety Standards? 

Please refer to Safe Food Australia as a guide.

Further information regarding food safety can also be obtained by contacting our Customer Centre on 08 8203 7203.

Routine food inspections conducted by Environmental Health Officers involve an assessment of areas including:

  • Receipt of food
  • Storage of food
  • Processing of food
  • Display of food
  • Packaging of food
  • Transportation and distribution of food
  • Recalls/food disposal
  • Health, hygiene and knowledge of food operators
  • Condition and hygiene of food premises

Food Safety Rating Schemes

Food Safety Rating Schemes can be used to inform consumers about the food safety practices of targeted businesses. The rating is calculated using the results of routine food safety inspections undertaken by local council Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) and the businesses are awarded 0-5 stars.

A voluntary Food Safety Rating Scheme (the Scheme) has been developed in conjunction with industry, consumers and local government for use in South Australia. Businesses can voluntarily choose to display these certificates at the site of inspection.

City of Adelaide believes that there are significant public health benefits to be achieved from this Scheme and so have chosen to continue their participation beyond the pilot program. More information regarding this Scheme, supporting documentation and contact details can be found on the SA Health Food Safety Rating Scheme website.

Food Inspection Fee

Under section 11 of the Food Regulations 2017, Councils can impose an inspection fee for the carrying out of any food inspection.

As of July 1st, 2018, all food businesses who are inspected and classified as compliant will no longer be charged a fee for their inspection. This service will be provided free.

Those food businesses who are non-compliant will incur a “non-compliant food inspection fee” for this initial routine inspection and for each ‘non-compliant follow up inspection’ which is required until the business is inspected and is compliant.

The new fee structure is as follows:

Compliant food inspectionno fee.

Non-Compliant routine food inspections/follow up inspections:

  • Small Business (Less than 20 employees) = $118
  • Large Business (More than 20 employees) = $294
  • Food vans & concession stands = $43.00
  • Home businesses = $42.75


Where serious offences under the Food Act 2001 occur, Environmental Health Officers have the power to take any necessary enforcement action. Enforcement in which EHOs can take include issuing expiations for non-compliance with the Food Safety Standards ($500-$2,500), as well as serving Improvement Notices ($750 expiation for non-compliance) and Prohibition Orders (closing food businesses) on food businesses.

Food Business Notification Form


This information will ensure Council has correct and up to date contact details for food businesses and will provide Environmental Health Officers guidance on food safety risks associated with businesses.

A Food Business Notification Form only needs to be completed once unless the details of a food business change. No registration fee is incurred by food businesses.

"Doggy Bags"

Many food premises, such as restaurants and cafes, offer their customers "doggy bags" to take left over food that was not eaten at the premise back home with them. The Food Act does not prevent food businesses from providing "doggy bags" to customers and so it is up to businesses to decide if they wish to offer this service. As a food business, left over food should be placed in new, food grade containers and the date should be marked on them.

Food Safety Programs

Free online food safety training available now.

On 5 October 2006, Food Safety Standard 3.3.1 was endorsed, requiring food businesses who serve potentially hazardous food to vulnerable persons to comply with Food Safety Standard 3.2.1 and implement a Food Safety Program. Food businesses to which this new Standard applies include hospitals, age care centres, child care centres and mobile food service delivery organisations.

Standard 3.3.1 comes into effect on 5 October 2008. To ensure food businesses meet the requirements of this Standard, they must:

  • Implement a suitable Food Safety Program; or
  • Review an existing Food Safety Program to ensure it complies with the Food Safety Standards; and
  • Coordinate an audit of the Food Safety Program by a Department of Health approved Food Safety Auditor

For further information on Food Safety Programs and a list of approved  food safety auditors within South Australia, please visit Health SA.

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