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Legislation

The NSW food industry is subject to requirements outlined in the:

Other laws which relate to food and promotion and packaging are enforced by other agencies including:

Contact the above agencies for questions relating to each law.

Effective, minimum regulation

NSW food regulations are actively reviewed and updated to keep pace with changes in the food industry and to minimise the burden of government regulation.

Current regulations and change proposals are based on evidence and consultation. 

Food Regulation 2015

The Food Regulation 2015 underpins the Food Authority's food regulatory work, which aims to reduce the incidence of foodborne illness linked to certain food sectors in NSW.

It is important to the food industry as it sets minimum food safety requirements for food industry sectors that have been identified as higher risk: meat, dairy, seafood, shellfishplant productsegg and vulnerable persons.

These businesses are subject to Food Safety Schemes because of the priority classification.

Under each scheme there are licence categories that specify the types of activities each business is licensed to perform (eg opening oysters, raw milk transport).

Administrative food laws

The Food Authority is also responsible for the following administrative laws relating to food: