'Doggy bag' is the term used for a container of food left over from a customer's restaurant meal, which is taken home by that customer.
It's up to you to decide whether you wish to offer your customers doggy bags. The Food Act 2003 does not prevent restaurants from providing doggy bags, but there is no legal requirement for restaurants to do so. If customers do take food home, safe storage and handling becomes their responsibility.
- Customers can take along their own food container (doggy bag) to take leftover food home.
- If you provide the food container, use only new, unused, food-grade containers.
- Remind the customer to put the food in the fridge as soon as they arrive home.
- Placing a sticker on the container with friendly information about food safety may be helpful, and it could be a great way to promote your business.
Check with the NSW Food Authority for more information about doggy bags.