It is important that anyone working in the food industry, handling or selling food for charity or community events, makes sure food sold is safe and suitable to eat.

All food businesses have a legal responsibility to comply with the Food Act 2008 (external site), Food Regulations 2009 (external site) and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (external site) including Chapter 3; Food Safety Standards (external site).

The following resources will help you to understand food laws and practice safe food handling to help you to run or work in a food business. For COVID-19 restrictions, refer to the food businesses and licensed premises (external site).

For resources to support local government Food Act authorised officers, food safety auditors, laboratories and analysts refer to Environmental Health practitioners.

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Review of the Food Act 2008

The Department of Health is conducting a review of the Food Act 2008. This involves asking stakeholders for input on whether the objects of the Act are being met and if it is operating effectively. Find out more about the Review of the Food Act 2008.