Under the Food Act 2008, a food business is defined as: ‘a business, enterprise or activity that involves the handling of food for sale or the sale of food, regardless of whether, subject to section 6, the business, enterprise or activity concerned is of a commercial, charitable or community nature or whether it involves the handling or sale of food on one occasion only’. Therefore people who prepare food for sale as part of a community or charity group, are deemed to be food businesses for the purposes of the Act and compliance is required with the Food Safety Standards.
Fundraising organisations will not be required to have a Food Act registration where:
- any food handled in the course of conducting the food business is not potentially hazardous food (e.g. does not require temperature control); or
- after being appropriately cooked, is provided by the food business for immediate consumption (e.g. sausage sizzle).
For any foods outside these exemptions please contact your local government to enquire about registration.
Fundraising activities can include preparation of foods at home however there are some restrictions. High risk foods like meat, eggs, dairy product and salads are not permitted to be prepared at home. Should you wish to produce potentially hazardous foods for sale, you will need to do so in an approved kitchen.
Low risk foods can be prepared at home. These are generally dry products, products with a high pH, high sugar content or very low water activity. These sorts of foods limit microbial growth so the risk of food borne illness is low. Examples are:
- Jams and marmalades
- Flour based products such as biscuits, shortbread, scones, buns, muffins and cakes (which do not contain potentially hazardous foods such as custard or cream)
- Nougats, fudges, meringues, Turkish delight
- Dry curry powder and spice mixes (if ingredients are purchased from an approved food business)
- Pickled onions
- Herb vinegars with a pH of less than 4.5
- Chutneys, relishes and sauces that are heat treated by boiling or cooking
- Cake decorating
It is highly recommended that volunteers complete the free online FoodSafe training - see heading link above for further details.