Department of Health

A bi-national food regulatory system

The Australia and New Zealand joint food regulatory system is designed to protect the health and safety of consumers. It is a complex system of laws, policies, standards, regulations, rules and guidance documents that inform a widely dispersed and varied industry and consumers about food safety, labelling, composition and food-handling requirements. The system is designed to ensure consistent regulation across all Australian states and territories and New Zealand, and that regulation is appropriate and proportionate to the food safety risk being managed.

Reviewed 20 September 2022


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Food Safety Unit

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