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#1 PRABAKARAN PILLAI

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 02:57 AM

I am from catering which serves Australian public servant in Malaysia and we are following FSANZ.

May I know if any of clause in FSANZ stated to shave beard or wear beard snood. Shall it be a practice in Australia should shave beard when beard mask not provided.

 

Need advice from Australian Food Safety expert.

 

 



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 05:07 AM

15           Hygiene of food handlers

 

(1)           A food handler must, when engaging in any food handling operation –

 

(a)          take all practicable measures to ensure his or her body, anything from his or her body, and anything he or she is wearing does not contaminate food or surfaces likely to come into contact with food;

 

Note, the above standard 3.2.2 extract is applicable solely to food businesses in Australia.

 

https://www.legislat...ils/F2014C01204

http://www.foodstand...Chapter-3).aspx

 

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:12 AM

I suspect it would be a very difficult rule to adhere to that beards must be shaven as some men wear beards for religious reasons, however, I did know of one site in the UK that enforced this for permanent staff.  I'm surprised they got away with it.  Most sites say you must wear a beard snood if you have a beard, moustache or stubble which is long enough to pinch.



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Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:01 PM

I suspect it would be a very difficult rule to adhere to that beards must be shaven as some men wear beards for religious reasons, however, I did know of one site in the UK that enforced this for permanent staff.  I'm surprised they got away with it.  Most sites say you must wear a beard snood if you have a beard, moustache or stubble which is long enough to pinch.

 

I worked at a bakery where they MUST shave their beard. (The owner wanted that). If anyone had a beard or any facial hair on their face they would be forced to shave or sent home. The owner did not care about religion or anything, rules were rules. Harsh but I guess the owner had the right to enforce it. 


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 03:48 PM

I worked at a bakery where they MUST shave their beard. (The owner wanted that). If anyone had a beard or any facial hair on their face they would be forced to shave or sent home. The owner did not care about religion or anything, rules were rules. Harsh but I guess the owner had the right to enforce it. 

 

Eek!  Well thankfully we do have the European Court of Human Rights (for now) who would call out on that kind of discrimination...







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