Queensland Health provides advice to assist food businesses to meet the legislative requirements relating to food.
Food Safety Standards and Reglation and Public Heath Units are available to provide advice on the requirements of the Food Act 2006 (the Act) and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code), particularly in the areas of food safety, food composition, packaging and labelling of foods.
It is stressed that the licensing of food businesses is the responsibility of local governments under the Act. However, Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) is responsible for accrediting primary producers and processors, such as butchers, abattoirs, smallgood factories, milk factories, egg producers and seafood producers in Queensland. Note that a food business that is accredited by SFPQ may also be required to hold a food business licence, depending on other activities undertaken by the business.
Enquiries from outside Queensland should be directed to:
Director, Food Safety Standards and Regulation, Health Protection Unit, Department of Health Ph: (07) 3328 9310.
Enquiries from within Queensland should be directed to the appropriate Public Health Unit.
Useful websites and resources:
There are a variety of food safety resources available from Queensland Health's food safety website: www.health.qld.gov.au/foodsafety
The Food Standards Australia New Zealand website has copies of the Food Standards Code, user guides and other practical information: www.foodstandards.gov.au
Local governments contact details: https://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/local-government-directory/
Safe Food Production Queensland: www.safefood.qld.gov.au