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Food Safety: Legislation

The Austalia New Zealand Food Standards Code

The Austalia New Zealand Food Standards Code regulates food sold in Australia and New Zealand.

The Code gives legal force through Commonwealth, state and territory and New Zealand food legislation and covers:

  • general food standards (including labelling and genetically modified food)
  • specific food product standards
  • Australian food safety standards

The Australian states and territories, and the New Zealand Government, are responsible for enforcing and policing food standards.

The Australian Government enforces the Code in relation to imported food through the Imported Food Control Act 1992 and the other states, territories and New Zealand Government have agencies which ensure the Code's requirements are met.

For more information, visit the Food Standards Australia New Zealand web site.

Food Regulations 2002

Current and past legislation is available from the South Australia Attorney-General's Deparment legislation web site.

Food Act 2001

The objects of this Act include the following:

  • to ensure food for sale is both safe and suitable for human consumption
  • to prevent misleading conduct in connection with the sale of food
  • to provide for the application in this jurisdiction of the Food Standards Code

Download a The Food Act 2001 (273 KB PDF) from the SA government portal web site.

Food safety information kit for charities and community groups

To help charities and community groups understand how food laws apply to them, a food safety information kit has been developed by the Department of Health and FSANZ. This kit outlines practical steps to meet obligations under current laws.

Printed copies of the kit are available from the Department of Health Food Policy and Programs Branch by emailing