Monthly Archives: May 2018

Gluten-free food that isn’t gluten-free, a health risk

9% or 1-in-10 “gluten-free” foods sold at cafes and restaurants across Melbourne actually contained gluten, an undercover study has found.

Gastroenterologist Jason Tye-Din from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute said gluten posed serious long-term health risks to people with coeliac disease.  The disease — an allergy to gluten that causes damage to the intestine — affects approximately one in 70 Australians.

It has been suggested that improving training to staff about gluten-free food is an important step to ensure safe gluten-free food.

Gluten can be found in grains like wheat, rye, barley and oats.  The foods included common menu items such as burgers, risottos and banana bread.

The researchers noted improvements in staff awareness, with franchised food outlets more likely to train staff and comply with food laws.

There are now 10 food allergens that food businesses need to be aware of.  Enrol into Food Safety online training today!

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Victorian RSA to target underage drinking

As part of the Liquor and Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, the Victorian Government expects to close a loophole that allows minors to drink on a licensed premises with parental permission.  The changes effectively stop parents buying their teenager a glass of wine or a beer with their meal during a family dinner at the pub.

Australian Hotels Association Victoria (AHA Vic) CEO, Paddy O’Sullivan said the provision was out of date and removing it would clarify the law while reflecting current attitudes towards alcohol consumption by minors.  “As a general rule publicans do not allow that to happen. It’s not the look you want – it doesn’t reflect community attitudes, it’s not appropriate,” O’Sullivan said in a statement.

The AHA has also pushed for a removal of the requirement of venues to keep an RSA register, in addition to having all of their staff’s RSA and refresher certificates on hand.

Safeguard your business and ensure your staff have their RSA certificates.  CFT International are currently running RSA courses throughout Victoria.  Contact us for venue and dates.

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Pets and food safety

Remember these food safety tips and keep pets out of areas where you are preparing food, especially kitchen benchtops.

Pets can share more than love with your family – bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi which can be transmitted to humans, especially young children, through bites, poop, saliva or dander.

Australians have the highest rate of pet ownership in the world, at 62% of households owning a pet.   It is important to be vigilant at keeping your family safe.  Here are a few more food safety tips from the Food Safety Information Council –

  • As always, wash you hands with soap and dry thoroughly before handling food and after handling your pet, their food or toys.
  • Don’t let your pets lick or take food from your plate.
  • Always wash your hands after cleaning out cages, fish tanks and cat litter and after picking up after your dog.
  • When out walking your dog, and if you have been picking up poop, make sure you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you eat or drink anything.
  • Birds, including your backyard chooks, and reptiles have been linked to salmonella infections in people. Make sure you and your children wash your hands after handling them or cleaning their environment.
  • Carefully check any eggs for cracks, wipe off any visible dirt with a dry cloth or paper towel but don’t wash the eggs in water – this can transfer the contamination into the egg contents. Always wash your hands after collecting eggs.
  • Cats may pass on salmonella infections if they eat raw meat or eat wild birds or animals. It is best to feed them commercially prepared food and try to keep them inside.
  • If you grow your own fruit and vegetables make sure your pets or wild animals can’t poop where you are growing food.

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Contact CFT International, RTO 21120, to enrol into food safety training today!



It’s Food Allergy Week, 13-19 May

There are now 10 food allergens.  Do you know them all?  Remain up to date with your food safety training to ensure you know all the allergens.

Facility managers must fully understand their obligations in food safety including an awareness of the ingredients in the food products that they handle, make, or sell.

It is vital that procedures and training are put in place to ensure managers and staff understand their obligations to declare known allergens in food. This applies whether the food sold is packaged or unpackaged.

Make sure your training is up to date.  Know the 10 food allergens!  RTO 21120


Responsible Service of Alcohol training

CFT International, RTO 21120, is the leading provider of RSA training Australia wide.

In Victoria Face-to-face RSA training is mandatory for licensees and staff selling, offering or serving liquor for general, on-premises, late night and packaged liquor licences.

Licensees and staff are subject to mandatory RSA requirements and have one month from the date they first sell, offer for sale or serve liquor on the licensed premises to complete an RSA program.

CFT delivers regular RSA classes throughout Victoria or for national training you can get your RSA certificate by training online with CFT today!

Cafe fails food safety requirements

A cafe in Sydney has been fined $15000 for failing to comply with food safety requirements.

It is not worth the risk to your customers or your business.  Make sure you are food safety compliant.

The dumpling restaurant was  fined for unsanitary kitchen conditions that could have “poisoned or even killed” its customers.

The restaurant was reportedly infested with cockroaches, had grease covered equipment, dirty floors, uncovered food on shelves and unsuitable hand-washing facilities for staff.

Magistrate Glenn Bartley said: “You could be in the Supreme Court on a manslaughter charge.

“It’s good luck rather than management customers weren’t poisoned or even killed.

“What we have is gross indifference to the health of customers, gross prolonged negligence”.