The food industry in NSW is a significant contributor to the economy, with 55,000 food businesses across the state. The food processing industry alone contributes $25 billion to the NSW economy.
Keeping food safe is vital for NSW food businesses and they have a responsibility to make sure the food they produce, process, store, distribute and sell is safe for human consumption and correctly labelled.
Food safety & labelling standards
All food businesses need to meet basic regulated food standards. Businesses in some sectors need to also meet requirements of a regulated Food Safety Scheme (FSS).
For details of standards and licensing requirements see the sectors below.
Retail food businesses (other than retail meat butchers) that sell food to the public, such as cafés, restaurants, caterers, markets, mobile food vans and school canteens, should see the retail sector pages.
Food Safety Schemes Manual
The NSW Food Safety Schemes Manual specifies testing requirements for the Food Safety Schemes under the Food Regulation 2015.