You will be required to comply with the food standards code if you conduct any activity with regard to food.
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.