New ‘treat’ for street traders

Emma Joyce is registered with Streatrader so she can sell her cakes at markets. Picture: ROB CAREW 111159_06

FOOD businesses and temporary food sellers are neglecting to register before trading.
Cardinia Shire Council is reminding businesses and community groups selling food from a temporary site to register with Streatrader.
Cardinia Shire Council’s Chief Environmental Health Officer Sean La Fontaine said food businesses and community groups who sell food from such premises had a responsibility to confirm the food sold was safe for consumption.
Mr La Fontaine said anyone selling food from a market, stall, van or trailer, at a community hall or event, or from a vending machine must be registered.
“A school or church holding a cake stall, a club hosting a sausage sizzle to raise funds or a stallholder selling jams at a market would all need to apply via Streatreader,” Mr La Fontaine said.
“You do not need to register if you are an individual donating food to be sold – it is the business or community group’s responsibility to do so.”
Trading cannot commence until registration is finalised and the one-off registration lasts for one year, Mr La Fontaine said.
“This new online system protects the health and wellbeing of Victorians by ensuring that food sold from temporary premises is safe to eat, not contaminated and complies with food laws,” he said.
“Council understands that some Cardinia Shire operators may not be aware that they need to register with Streatrader.”
To register, visit streatrader.health.vic.gov.au at least 21 days before the first day of trading.
Once registered, sellers must then lodge a statement of trade (SOT) through Streatrader, giving at least five days’ notice of when and where they will be trading.
Although it may sound time consuming, Mr La Fontaine assured residents that the registration process is quick and simple.
Operators who do not register with Streatrader risk being fined or prosecuted.
For more information on Streatrader or selling food in Cardinia Shire, contact Council’s Environmental Health Unit on 1300 787 624 or health@cardinia.vic.gov.au

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