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Food Act 2006

Every business selling food is required to comply with the Food Act 2006 (the Act), regardless of whether they are required to be licensed with local government or not.

The Act includes a requirement for compliance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). Offences under the Act, including non-compliance with the Code, carry significant penalties. Serious offences relating to food carry a maximum penalty of $110,000 or two years imprisonment.



Explanatory Notes
The explanatory notes to the Food Act 2006 explain the objectives of the Act and the intention of the various provisions contained in the Act.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2014
Last Reviewed: 22 September 2009