Department of Health

In Victoria, the Food Act 1984 (the Act) and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the code) provide the regulatory framework for the food industry, ensuring that food sold in Victoria is safe, suitable and correctly labelled.

The department shares responsibility for developing and administering food regulation with the Commonwealth Government, Victorian Local Councils, PrimeSafe and Dairy Food Safety Victoria, collaborating to promote consistent regulatory requirements in a widely dispersed and varied food industry.

Introducing Standard 3.2.2A

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has gazetted a new standard in the Code, ‘Standard 3 2.2A Food safety management tools’ (the Standard). The Standard will become part of the Code and Australian food law for some Victorian food retail and food service businesses on 8 December 2023. For more information see Introducing Standard 3.2.2A.

Food Act report 2020-21: From lockdown to renewal

The Department of Health works collaboratively with local councils, commonwealth and state partners, food businesses, and the food industry to support food safety in Victoria.

The Food Act report 2020-21 is the annual review of food regulation across Victoria in 2020 and 2021, as required under section 7C of the Victorian Food Act 1984.

Latest FSANZ food recalls and media releases

View the latest food recallsExternal Link and media releasesExternal Link from FSANZ.

Learn more about the Food Standards Code at the FSANZ websiteExternal Link

Reviewed 20 October 2023


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Food Safety Unit

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