In this section
The RCH has a legal obligation to meet strict regulatory
requirements pertaining to food safety and food handling practices. To align
with this, the RCH strongly recommends children admitted to hospital do not
consume meals not prepared by the RCH Kitchen. The RCH cannot accept responsibility for the
safety of food prepared from external sources.
Meals left at room temperature can allow harmful
bacteria to grow in food putting your child at risk of becoming very unwell.
Transporting and inadequately reheating food or reheating food multiple times
can also promote conditions for bacterial growth.
If meals are bought into RCH from external
suppliers, the following procedure must be adhered to.
Food Safety - Food brought into the RCH
from external sources for consumption by Parents/ Carers
Externally prepared meals: meals not prepared by RCH Kitchen.
External sources: retail vendors including those within the RCH premise
Food from home: foods which are prepared in a private domestic kitchen
Patients; the admitted child or adolescent.
FOR PATIENT’S FOOD:
a. Externally prepared meals:
Staff will not be
involved in the preparation, handling or provision
of meals brought in from home or external sources.
single serve, sealed items that require refrigeration
E.g. yoghurts, drinks,
Note: Partially consumed items must not be returned to the
ward pantry patient fridge. .
Non- perishable items/ snack foods e.g. breakfast cereals, fresh
whole and dried fruit, sweet and dry biscuits, plain cakes, muffins, scones,
pretzels, chips, popcorn, confectionary, soft drinks and UHT milk:
d. Freezer Foods
Note: Partially consumed icy poles cannot be returned to the
Victorian Food Act 1984
Food Standards Australia
New Zealand Food Safety Standards (Chapter 3)
prepared by Nutrition & Food Services, Nov 2016.
Manager, Department of Nutrition and Food Services
Food Safety Officer, Department of Nutrition and Food Services