• ImageImageRestaurants – taking home leftover food (doggy bags)Are doggy bags allowed?The term ‘doggy bag’ was originally used to describe food left uneaten at a restaurant which was taken home for the family pet. There is no law prohibiting a
    restaurant from providing containers to take leftover food home, although some, such as buffet-style restaurants, may have their own policies about taking food off the premises.

  • It is entirely up to each restaurant to consider providing container for this purpose.A restaurant cannot refuse a customer’s 

    request to take leftover food citing health 

    or food safety laws. Food activities within 

    Western Australia are governed by the 

    Food Act 2008 and the Food Regulations 

    2009. This legislation does not prevent 

    food businesses from providing customers 

    with leftover food in the form of doggy 


    Restaurants are not, however, obliged to 

    supply containers for customers to take 

    food home. For this reason, customers 

    may supply their own container. In any 

    case, it is the customer’s responsibility to 

    store and handle the food safely once it is 

    taken off the premises to minimise any risk 

    of food poisoning.

  • What are the risks?

    The primary risk associated with providing 

    food leftovers in this way is the lack of 

    temperature control. The temperature 

    of food greatly affects the growth of 

    dangerous bacteria linked to food 

    poisoning. Further reading…

  • Leftover food at restaurants is commonly taken away while in the danger zone, and eaten several hours or even days after the
    food was prepared.To reduce the risk of food poisoning, food should be refrigerated as soon as possible after leaving the restaurant and reheated until steaming hot when consumed. This will limit the time food is in the temperature danger zone.
    Safe handling of food  Guidelines for restaurants and food outlets:.  Determine a policy for providing leftover food to consumers.

  •  Have a set procedure for dealing with  customer requests to take leftover food

  • home. Properly instruct your staff on your policy and procedure and remind them
    that health legislation issues are not to be used as an explanation for not providing doggy bags.
    • Transfer food into a new, unused food grade container, or a container supplied by the customer.
    • Write the date and time of food preparation on the container.Many restaurant customers choose to take home leftover food for a family member or themselves to eat, however there are potential food safety risks involved in doing this.

  • Source:  http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/consumerProtection/PDF/Publications/Taking_home_leftovers_restaurants.pdf

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An American living in Australia. Sharing the past, present and future stuff of interest. Some people have dreamed of visiting here and I just want to give them the insight what it is really like living down under. A wonderful place to be.

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