Food Standards Code - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to deal with food or beverage products. This code applies if you intend to:

  • import food or beverage products into Australia
  • export food or beverage products out of Australia
  • manufacture food or beverage products in Australia.

All food and beverage products imported into Australia must comply with this code and are liable for inspection. You may also require an import permit for high risk food or beverage products.

All food and beverage products exported out of Australia must comply with this code. You may also require an export permit for specific products such as wine products.

This code regulates the labelling requirements for packaged and unpackaged goods. For example, country of origin labelling, specific mandatory warnings or advisory labels. This code also covers the composition of some foods such as dairy or meat and standards developed by new technologies such as genetically modified foods.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 Australian Government

Additional information

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
  • food safety.

Administering agency

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Contact details

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