Wongaburra is a HACCP certified food business. This means we meet the requirements of the international standard for food safety. This standard was developed in the 1960s to ensure that the factories making food for the Astronauts, were making it to the highest food safety and quality standards. With very few modifications, this is still the international standard for food safety 50 years later.
It means that we have to be audited by an External Auditor each year to ensure that we maintain that standard. Our program includes monthly testing by an approved independent laboratory to ensure that our cleanliness and processes meet the HACCP standard.
All of our staff do food safety training each year, that includes our Care Staff and Volunteers.
The Support Service staff are well recognised by the External HACCP Auditor for their food safety knowledge and skills.
The Scenic Rim Regional Council has also made very positive ongoing comments about the cleanliness of all food areas and excellent food safety practices by our staff and volunteers.
So as food safety is not just words to us, we are pleased to be able to play, even a small, part in promoting Australian Food Safety Week 2017.
The theme this year is all about reminding people at home about the important temperatures when cooking food and the use of a food thermometer to check those temperatures - "Is it done yet?"
As part of our HACCP program, Wongaburra uses thermometers to check the temperature of our food equipment and our food. We do this as it is the only way to know that we have the right temperatures to make sure the food is safe for our residents.
So it just makes sense for us all to do the same in our homes - get a food thermometer and use it to make sure that your meats are cooked to at least 75 degrees and your eggs to 72 degrees.
For more information about Australian Food Safety Week 2017 got to www.foodsafety.asn.au