The following advice is from the NSW Food Authority :
Do food trucks making delivering to a home need to be licensed with the Food Authority?
As food deliveries from a supermarket are intended for a consumer, vehicles do not need to be licensed with the Food Authority.
Do the food trucks making these deliveries need to be refrigerated?
It is important that cold foods are stored at 5 degrees C or lower and frozen foods are kept completely frozen. This can be achieved by use of a refrigerated vehicle or by using insulated bags or eskies. Food must be protected from contamination. This includes microbiological, physical and chemical contamination.
Does the Food Authority apply and enforce national food standards relating to temperature control of home delivery trucks?
Temperature controls in the Food Standards Code (keeping hot food above 60°C and cold food below 5°C) exist to prevent growth of food-poisoning pathogens, some of which can be present at dangerous levels without altering the smell or taste of food.
The Food Authority does not licence retail food deliveries or conduct specific compliance activities. Local councils are responsible for enforcing compliance with Food Standards Code requirements in retail food outlets like supermarkets and can, if considered necessary (e.g. because there have been complaints), conduct compliance activities in relation to deliveries.
In practice, risks around retail food deliveries are cold chain related and are low if refrigerated vehicles are used or if deliveries are completed quickly (e.g. in less than half an hour) and using cold chain precautions such as eskies or cooler bags.
15 APRIL 2020
The home delivery guide is for food businesses that offer home delivery of perishable food items in unrefrigerated vehicles.
Examples of perishable foods include fish, fruit, milk and all seafood.
The guidelines provide recommendations to follow so that perishable food stays safe during storage and delivery.
If food needs to be left outside (such as when no one is home), the customer must know that the home delivery business cannot guarantee the safety of the food.
These guidelines give direction to food businesses that provide a home delivery service for perishable foods, other than ready-to-eat meals, using unrefrigerated transport vehicles. It does not include takeaway food businesses.
Many people take advantage of home delivery offered by supermarkets and other retail food businesses. Home delivery is a major help to people who are older or disabled, and to anyone else who finds it difficult or inconvenient to take food items home with them at the time of purchase.
Perishable food must be delivered safely.
Home delivery guidelines
For these guidelines, home delivery means the delivery of unrefrigerated perishable food purchased from a food business. It is then delivered by the business or a courier to the customer’s home.
Perishable foods are those foods that could spoil or become a health hazard within a short time if they are not properly stored, refrigerated and handled. Examples of perishable foods include fish, fruit, milk and all seafood.
Total delivery time
Total delivery time is from the time of purchase at the store to the time customers receive the delivery at their home. Unless food is kept at refrigerated temperatures at the food business before delivery, or if ice bricks are used, the total delivery time for perishable food should not exceed 4 hours. Transportation time should be less than 30 minutes.
Controlling the temperature of perishable food
To reduce food safety risk, perishable foods should be kept cool during transport. If your business is involved in home delivery, you should develop documented procedures.
Keep stocked food delivery storage trolleys in the coolest part of the business. Stocked trolleys should not be stored alongside windows that are exposed to the sun or near heat-generating sources, such as ovens or heaters. Even refrigerators and freezers can generate heat.
If it is not possible to keep a stocked delivery storage trolley cool, food must be refrigerated before delivery. Ice blocks can also be used to keep food under 5 °C.
Note that a system of taking and recording temperature during transport should be one of the businesses documented procedures.
Peak road traffic should be avoided
Peak road traffic conditions may extend the transportation time beyond 30 minutes and could allow the food to heat up. Aim to deliver food during nonpeak periods, if possible.
Skills and knowledge of all staff
Staff involved with the home delivery service, including drivers, should understand food safety requirements, particularly about the temperature danger zone.
Don’t leave food unattended at a customer’s home
If customers are not at home at the time of delivery, do not leave food unattended unless arrangements have been made with the customer. The customer should be advised that the safety of food cannot be guaranteed if it has been left unattended.
Plan for unexpected delays
Ensure that there is a documented procedure to deal with situations where a delivery is unexpectedly delayed through vehicle breakdown, traffic congestion or traffic accidents. In all instances, the total delivery time for unrefrigerated perishable food should not exceed 4 hours.
Actions for home delivery drivers
Home delivery drivers should:
prevent damage to packaging or bruising of food
implement documented procedures if unexpected delays due to vehicle breakdown, traffic congestion or traffic accidents occur
not leave food unattended at the customer’s home unless arrangements have been made with the customer to do so
communicate with customers about delivery times. Advise how long the delivery will take or the expected delivery time, and arrange a specific time for delivery
advise that there should be someone at home at the time of delivery. If this is not possible, ensure the customers know that the safety of the food cannot be guaranteed if it is left unattended
advise that perishable foods should be placed in the refrigerator as soon as they are delivered.
Food Standards Code
All food businesses in Victoria are required to comply with the Australia New Zealand Food Standard Code. The Code specifies requirements for food businesses that, when complied with, ensure food does not become unsafe or unsuitable.
The Code allows perishable foods to be outside temperature control, provided that the food business can demonstrate, to relevant enforcement authorities, that the safety of the food has not been compromised.