Charity and community group sausage sizzles will be exempted from new food safety regulations, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced.
The change of heart has been welcomed by the clubs industry and Canberra Liberals.
The Sunday Canberra Times revealed earlier this month that charities and sporting clubs which sold or handled food more than five times a year would be required to appoint food safety supervisors.
After a public backlash, Ms Gallagher has announced that community groups running temporary food stalls and barbecues with foods deemed low-risk would be granted an exemption.
“Certainly the feedback we’ve had from the community is that they don’t think that barbecues, sausage sizzles, should be subject to food safety standards,’’ Ms Gallagher said.
“I have couple of areas where I have concerns with that. But certainly the overwhelming view is that barbecues and sausage sizzles should be exempted.’’
The Legislative Assembly would have to approve the change.
Large sporting canteens that served high-risk foods such as salads and fresh sandwiches containing chicken and mayonnaise would still have to comply with the rules.
Ms Gallagher said the new food safety rules had inadvertently targeted some community and charity activities.
“The main one is being those temporary food stalls,’’ she said.
ClubsACT chief executive officer Jeff House welcomed the move to exempt sausage sizzles from the legislation.
"Common sense and sanity has prevailed, and I think there's a number of lessons to be learnt out of this exercise in terms of ensuring that community interest and feedback factors into decision making," he said.
Mr House said he did not think the decision would impact on Canberran's health.
"I think one of the reasons why this back flip has taken place is because no evidence was presented to warrant these measures in the first place," he said.
Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson also gave his support to the changes.
"It was sloppy work, it never should have happened in the first place. We'll look at the detail of what the amendment is but I would indicate at this stage I would support it," he said.
Speaking to The Sunday Canberra Times earlier this month, ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Andrew Blyth said he hoped the rules would be changed.
''Sporting clubs are run by people who volunteer time and they don't need someone in a high-vis vest telling them when to turn the sausages,'' he said.
On Thursday he welcomed the amendment, calling it a "victory for common sense."
"This is at a time when sporting groups struggle to get people out on the field, and [to] then be burdened with these extra costs was perhaps one step too far," he said.
"I'm sure this will be well received throughout the ACT community."