What is a Food safety program (FSP)?

A Food Safety Program (FSP) is a written plan that shows how a food business will ensure that the food it sells is safe for human consumption.

Class 1 and 2 food premises must have a FSP and keep it at the premises at all times.

When applying to register a new food premises or buying an existing food premises, the details of the FSP must be included as part of the application.

Types of food safety programs

Standard FSPs
Standard FSPs are prepared using a template that has been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The following templates are available for use by most Class 2 food premises:

A number of FSP templates have also been developed by different organisations or industry associations e.g. some large food chains.

These templates may be available to the public, to members of the organisation or association or to franchises. For more information on registered FSP templates see: DHHS Registered FSP Templates

Non Standard FSPs
Non Standard FSPs are specifically written for a particular food business.

Class 1 food premises must have a non-standard FSP due to the “at risk” people that the business provides food to such as the very young, the elderly or people in hospitals or nursing homes.

Class 2 food premises have a choice of having a standard or non-standard FSP.

Non Standard FSPs must be audited by an approved food safety auditor to make sure that the FSP is adequate for the business and is being complied with. Audit results are sent to Council to ensure the food safety audit requirements are being complied with.

If your food business has food handling activities that are not covered under a Standard FSP then your food premises will need to have a Non Standard FSP that has been assessed by an independent food safety auditor as adquately covering all food safety hazards.

Complying with the food safety program
It is a legal requirement to comply with the FSP including implementing the specified processes and practices and keeping the required records.