District Governor Malcolm Peters 2016 - 2017
‘Lions – Carers for the Community’
Home Club: Valla
Towns with Lions Clubs in District 201N1
Charities groups and volunteers
The NSW Food Authority and NSW Government recognise the valuable work undertaken by charities, organisations and volunteers when selling or donating food for charitable purposes, such as:
■ making food for volunteer fire fighters during a bushfire
■ a free sausage-sizzle for junior soccer players
■ school fetes
■ a lamington drive to raise money for the victims of a natural disaster
■ selling chocolates to raise money for the Red Cross
Donating food in these circumstances is not regulated by the Food Authority, nor does the Authority require these organisations to notify their charitable activities, provided the food does not pose a possible health risk or is eaten immediately after thorough cooking.
Skills and knowledge requirements
People who are preparing food to be sold to raise money for charitable purposes do not require formal cooking or food handling skills, provided the food does not pose a possible health risk or is eaten immediately after thorough cooking. They should have practical skills and knowledge appropriate to the type of food they are preparing to protect public health.
Potentially hazardous food
Foods that could pose a health risk (potentially hazardous food):
■ large quantities of meat-based food that will be stored and transported prior to reheating and serving
■ ready-to-eat foods that need to be refrigerated to keep them safe, such as raw shellfish, cooked meats and seafood, or cooked rice
■ dairy or egg based desserts
Notifying the Authority
An organisation selling food for community or charitable purposes only needs to notify the Food Authority if it is selling potentially hazardous food, or food that is not thoroughly cooked immediately before consumption.