The food regulation system

The Australia and New Zealand joint food regulation system is made up of the laws, policies, standards and processes that we use to make sure our food is safe to eat.

Page last updated: 21 November 2016

In Australia and New Zealand, the regulation of food is covered by a range of laws and policies. Generally, consumer protection laws require information about food to be truthful and not misleading.

Food laws cover a more specific range of food issues including safety, labelling, composition and food handling requirements. Our food laws are not made by our Parliaments; but developed, implemented and enforced by a strong cooperative joint system. New Zealand shares food standards with Australia for labelling and end product standards for foods for sale. However, New Zealand still retains its own laws for the production and processing of food. More information can be found at

All levels of Australian and New Zealand government are involved in the joint system, which set out the individual process for:

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    Food policy v food standards

    Food policies are guidelines agreed by Ministers that provide the framework on a given topic.

    Food standards are developed by FSANZ and are mandatory requirements that must be followed by law when they are adopted by Australian and New Zealand Food Acts and other food related legislation.
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