Department of Health

Food safety

Advice for food businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The Food Act 1984 provides the regulatory framework for the food industry to ensure that food sold in Victoria is safe, suitable and correctly labelled.

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

Latest FSANZ food recalls and media releases

View the latest food recalls and media releases from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

Learn more about the Food Standards Code at the FSANZ website

Starting a food business

In Victoria, all organisations selling food or drink must be registered or notified with a council, and ensure that the food they sell is safe.

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Food Act report 2018 and 2019: The data

This report is the Department of Health and Human Services’ annual review of food regulation across Victoria in 2018 and 2019, as required under section 7C of the Victorian Food Act 1984 (the Act). 

Food Safety Reform Program: Progress made in 2018 and 2019

Read about 2018 and 2019 activities and achievements of the Food Safety Reform Program and the priorities for 2020 and beyond.

Food surveillance: 2018 - 2019

There are more than 200 diseases that can be spread through food, the consequences of which can be severe or even fatal. 

Kilojoule labelling scheme Victoria: 2018 - 2019

Read about the amendment to Victorian Food Act 1984 (the Act) designed to provide Victorian consumers with tools to improve their health and wellbeing.

Food safety recalls: 2018 - 2019

A food safety recall removes a product from sale either because it has been found to be unsafe to consume, or because it poses a specific health risk to the community. Read about what was recalled and why in 2018 and 2019.

Victorian Anaphylaxis Notification System: Year 1

A snapshot of the department’s implementation of the Victorian Government’s mandatory reporting of anaphylaxis presentation at hospital emergency departments in 2018 - 2019.

Reviewed 14 April 2022


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Food Safety Unit

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