Food Standards Code - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with one or more of the food standards if you manufacture food or beverage products that will be consumed in Australia or New Zealand.

The various standards may apply if you manufacture or use:

  • Ingredients;
  • Processing aids;
  • Colourings;
  • Additives;
  • Vitamins; and
  • Minerals.

The code also covers the composition of some foods, e.g. dairy, meat and beverages as well as standards developed by new technologies such as genetically modified foods.

The standards apply to areas such as:

  • Labelling and other information;
  • Substances added to food;
  • Contaminants and residues;
  • Maximum permissible limits of chemicals;
  • Foods requiring pre-market clearance;
  • Microbiological and processing; and
  • Food safety.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Administering agency

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Act(s) name

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Operating address:
Boeing House
55 Blackall Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
PO BOX 7186
Canberra BC, Australian Capital Territory 2610


02 62712222

Supporting information


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