Plant products

In NSW, the plant products industry continues to grow as plant based products increase their presence in the market. The NSW Food Authority currently licenses around 55 businesses in this sector.

The NSW plant products industry is regulated by the Food Act 2003 and Food Regulation 2015.

This applies to the following high risk plant products industries:

  • fresh cut fruit and vegetables
  • unpasteurised juices
  • seed sprouts
  • vegetables in oil

Plant product businesses need to hold a licence if undertaking the following activities:

  • processing of fruit or vegetables to produce fresh cut ready-to-eat (RTE) products
  • sprouting and processing of seed spouts
  • extraction and/or packaging of juice from fruit or vegetables where the juice is not subsequently pasteurised
  • production of vegetables or fruit in oil
  • refrigerated storage of these plant products, and
  • refrigerated distribution and/ or transporting of these plant products.
  • Food transport vehicles

All businesses involved in these activities are required to apply for a licence with the Authority and pay an annual licence fee. How to apply for a licence.

Businesses that hold a licence must meet the requirements as listed and comply with the following:

  • Food Act 2003 (NSW)
  • Food Regulation 2015 
  • Food Standards Code, Standard 3.2.1, Food Safety Programs, Standard 3.2.2 Food Safety Practices and General Requirements and Standard 3.2.3 Food Premises and Equipment

NOTE: Standard 3.2.1 does not apply to businesses solely storing or transporting plant products.

All licensed plant products businesses must be routinely audited by a food safety auditor. Information on audits.

For specific requirements related to each of the business types, please visit the pages below:


The Department of Agriculture provides export controls and assistance regarding exporting goods from Australia.

Plant products businesses that wish to export their plant and plants products overseas can find information to meet their responsibilities from the Department of Agriculture