23 Food Grading
23. FOOD GRADING
This section is made pursuant to Section 145 of the Local Government Act 2002.
23.1 This section of the bylaw applies to:
(a) Premises for which Council is the registration authority.
(b) Food businesses that are registered with another authority and request a grading inspection.
23.2.1 The operator of every food business must ensure that records of staff training are kept on the premises. An authorised Council officer may request to view these documents.
23.2.2 If during an inspection/verification an authorised Council officer is satisfied that the person working in a food business has not demonstrated the competencies necessary for that role, they may require that person to undertake further training.
23.3 Staff Sickness Policy
Every food business must have a staff sickness policy. See Schedule 9.
No person shall operate, or permit or cause to be operated a food business without first having obtained from the Council a current food grading certificate.
23.4.1 All food businesses will be inspected and graded at least once annually.
23.4.2 A new food business or a food business that has had a change of operator will receive a grading inspection/verification within three months of continuous operation.
23.4.3 Grades will be calculated using the criteria in Schedule 9.
23.4.4 A grading certificate shall be issued to the operator of a food business following an inspection/verification.
23.4.5 The current grade certificate must be displayed at each public entrance of the business. It must be readily visible from the exterior of the premises including drive-through entrances.
23.4.6 The grading certificate must be current for a period not exceeding 12 months from the date of issue, or a lesser time if it is amended, cancelled or withdrawn by an authorised council officer following a subsequent grading or other inspection.
23.4.7 Grading certificates are not transferable from one operator to another or from one premises to another.
The operator of the food business may apply in writing to the Council at any time regarding inspection. See Schedule 9.
23.5.1 A grading certificate shall be issued to the operator of a food business following a regrading inspection/verification.
Any operator of a food business may appeal against any grading or against any requirement made by an authorised Council officer in accordance with this bylaw.
23.6.1 An appeal must be directed to the Council in writing and must be received within ten working days of notification of the grade and/or requirement.
23.6.2 The decision of an authorised Council officer stands until such time as the Council determines the matter. The right of appeal under this bylaw is in addition to any other statutory right made available to the Food Business Operator.
23.6.3 Council's Hearings Committee will determine the outcome of the appeal.