Class 2 Food Business

The main activity of class 2 food businesses is handling potentially hazardous foods, which need temperature control during handling, cooking and storage to ensure that food is fit for consumption. Examples of Class 2 food businesses include restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets, pubs, caterers, delicatessens, supermarkets with delicatessens and most manufacturers.

Class 2 Food Business Requirements

Class 2 food businesses must comply with the following requirements:

  • Register annually with Council and be inspected annually by Council Environment Health Officers.
  • Be inspected by Council prior to initial registration or transfer of registration to a new proprietor.
  • Nominate a suitability qualified food safety supervisor.
  • Keep an up-to-date food safety program on site at all times that is specifically tailored for the food business. If the food safety program uses a standard template from the Department of Health it will be assessed by Council. Otherwise, if the food safety program uses an independent template it must be audited by a Department of Health approved auditor.
  • Keep the food safety program on site at the business. Retain full audit reports of independent food safety programs for four years after they have been prepared by the auditor.
  • Undergo one mandatory compliance check.

It is at Council’s discretion to undertake further compliance checks or spot checks if Council receives a complaint or has reason to be concerned about safety of the business’s practises.

For more information about specific requirements for different food business types as well as labelling requirements and cleanliness and hygiene, go to Health and Food Requirements.