Food Safety

Food Poisoning

We are fortunate in Australia to have access to an abundance of fresh foods and our cultural diversity is reflected in the many different styles of foods we eat. Unfortunately, many of these foods, if not properly handled, can provide food poisoning organisms the perfect opportunity to grow and so contaminate the food. This contaminated food, if eaten, may result in sickness that can range from a minor stomach upset through to an extremely severe, life threatening illness.

Council's Environmental Health Officer's often investigate cases of food related illness where the ill person usually blames restaurant meals or take away foods. While commercially produced food can be the cause of illness, investigation reveals that poor food handling practices at home is often a significant factor.

Should you think you have food poisoning, seek medical help immediately. The doctor will require a stool sample (faecal sample) to confirm that you have food poisoning.

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FREE Food Safety Training Sessions

FREE Food Safety Training Sessions are provided for all food handlers within the City of Playford.

Our food safety training sessions are run by Environmental Health Officers who are able to provide up-to-date information and insight on a range of food safety matters. The interactive sessions allow participants to ask questions on the “how” and “why” of issues they come across in the workplace.  The sessions are suitable for all food handlers including volunteers and managers.  Attendees will receive a Food Safety Training Workbook to take home and a Certificate of Participation for staff records.

Please contact City of Playford’s Environmental Health Team for more information or to book in for the next session.

We also provide free online training via I’m Alert. This information package has been developed by qualified and experienced Environmental Health professionals and is equivalent in scope to a two-day consultant delivered course.

The interactive, logical and easy learning format will assist you and your staff to develop the skills and knowledge required to ensure safe food for your customers and to comply with your obligations under the Food Safety Standards for Australia and New Zealand.

Most sections include an interactive quiz. Upon completion of the program, a training acknowledgement form can be printed and filed as part of your food safety records.

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Home Based Foood Business Guidelines

These guidelines establishe standards for the handling, storage and preparation of food for sale from residential premises. View the guideline here.

Contact us

For any further enquiries or clarification please contact Council's Customer Care Centre on (08) 8256 0333. The Customer Care Officer will pass on your concerns to the relevant Environmental Health Officer or you can email

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