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Improving Staff Hygiene with the White Tick Programme

The founder of the Hygiene Foundation of Australia, Gus Hehme, has developed the White Tick Programme in order to safeguard hospitality staff and their customers from illness.

The programme is based on the ASKS principles of awareness, solution, knowledge and support and seeks to tackle the issue of complacency surrounding the importance of personal hygiene by educating staff.

Young Industry Professionals sought for New Scholarship Programme

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Hostplus have joined forces to launch a new national scholarship programme for professionals in the food, wine and hospitality industries aged between 18 and 30.

One lucky winner will receive a scholarship that includes work experience at three of the world's best wineries or restaurants (dependent on their focus!). All travel and accomodation expenses will be covered as well as the winner receiving an additional $2000 in spending money.

CEOs & Chefs Cookoff for Charity

Things were certainly heating up on Monday night at Sydney's Carriageworks when 36 of Australia's top chefs teamed up with over 100 of the country's top CEOs for the 2014 CEO Cookoff. Together, they cooked a meal for almost 1000 of Sydney's most vulnerable while raising a touch over $1,000,000 for charity.

Just some of the chefs at the event were Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer, Justin North and Guillaume Brahimi.

Chinese Restaurant in Adelaide fined after Repeated Warnings

The Imperial Peking restaurant at Saint Peters in Adelaide was closed for a period of eight days in December 2012 following repeated warnings over breaches of hygiene in its kitchen.

Health authorities had visited the establishment a total of twelve times between 2006 and 2013. On each occasion warning notices were served.

Sunshine Coast Dairy Recalls Milk Tainted with E Coli

Around 20,000 litres of milk have had to have been recalled by a Sunshine Coast hinterland dairy after laboratory tests revelealed that it was contaminated with the E.coli bacteria.

Maleny Dairy warned that people may fall ill if they drink their milk with a sue-by date of either February 12 or 13.

Owner Ross Hopper apologised yesterday to loyal customers, explaining that the recall had been made voluntarily after their stringent testing procedures picked up evidence of the bacteria.

Food Poisoning More Likely in Melbourne's Western Suburbs

The Hobsons Bay Council area received the most black marks in the entire state for poor food hygiene while Williamstown, Altona and Sunshine topped the list for contaminated food outlets.

Two-thirds of the offending Altona outlets are located in Borrack Square and include Baker's Delight, which is now under new management, and Wah Sing Take Away.

The former franchisee of Baker's Delight Beepbake Pty Ltd was fined $3500 in November and ordered to pay $4500 in costs for a total of seven breaches of the Food Act.

Eateries in Canberra Need to Lift Hygiene Standards

Eateries in Canberra are being warned to dramatically lift their hygiene standards after 163 were issued with improvement notices in the second half of 2013.

Health food safety officers from the ACT inspected 810 restaurants, cafes and food stalls, of which 20% received the improvement notices for not complying with food safety standards. This is up an alarming 11% from the same period in 2012.

Food Safety Tips for Retailers

It may appear to be a little too obvious but food businesses owe it to their customers to serve food that is safe ... period. The food safety standard codes have, after all, been developed to protect those consuming food purchased from or at your business premises. Most food businesses must have a certified food safety supervisor in support of this.

Food standards breached eight times by smallgoods maker in SA

South Australian smallgoods makers Conroys and its two directors are facing a maximum fine of $200,000 following allegations that, within a three month period, they breached the South Australian food safety code a total of eight times.

The company has yet to enter pleas to the eight alleged breaches, a number of which their accreditation is dependent upon under the Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) Act (2004). Both the company's two directors, Peter and Patrick Conroy, as well as the company itself have been charged with breaches.