Food Standards Code - Victoria


You will be required to comply with the food standards code if you conduct any activity with regards to food. The Food Standards Code has been developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand, who has responsibility for enforcing and policing food standards, along with the States and Territories in Australia. Each government has one or more agencies responsible for food surveillance within their health administration charged with the task of ensuring the requirements of the Food Standards Code are met.

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 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 this Food Standards Code in conjunction with relevant local food legislation.

The Secretary 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 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.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Food Standards Code (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Food Act 1984 Victoria

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services

Health Protection Branch

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Food Safety Hotline

Health Protection Branch

Department of Health and Human Services

Operating address: 50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 1300 364 352
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