Food Standards Code - Victoria

Service summary

You will be required to comply with the food standards code if you conduct any activity with regards to food. This code has been developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand, which has the responsibility for enforcing and policing food standards, along with the States and Territories in Australia. The food standards code is a collection of individual food standards. Standards on related matters are grouped together into parts, which in turn are collected together into four chapters:

  • standards that apply to all foods
  • standards affecting particular classes of foods
  • food hygiene issues in Australia
  • primary food production standards in Australia.

Food standards have the force of law. It is a criminal offence in Australia to supply food that does not comply with relevant food standards. Notwithstanding food standards, it is also an offence to sell food which is damaged, deteriorated or perished, which is adulterated, or which is unfit for human consumption.

Because food standards are given legal effect by State and Territory laws, it is important to read the food standards code in conjunction with relevant local food legislation. However, the agency may exempt a person or persons from complying with specified parts of the food standards code.

Please consult the responsible agency 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

 Resources
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Administering agency

PrimeSafe

Act(s) name

Meat Industry Act 1993 (Victoria)

Seafood Safety Act 2003 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Meat Industry Regulations 2015 (Victoria)

Contact details

Enquiries
PrimeSafe


Operating address:
150 Albert Road
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Mailing address:
PO BOX 2057
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205

Phone:

03 9685 7333

Fax:

03 9696 5284
enquiries@primesafe.vic.gov.au

Supporting information

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