Food premises are regularly inspected to ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
The NSW food service and retail food industries are regulated by the Food Standards Code which sets out the standards for food and food businesses.
NSW Food Business Notification
National food law, Food Safety Standard 3.2.2, requires that all food businesses in NSW notify the NSW Food Authority (the Authority) of their food activity details, unless those businesses are already licensed by the Authority. For example, those businesses that are licensed under the NSW Food Production (Meat Food Safety Scheme) Regulation 2000, Food Production (Seafood Safety Scheme) Regulation 2001 or Food Production (Dairy Food Safety Scheme) Regulation 1999 do not need to Notify under this process as well.
Notification of food businesses allows the Authority to maintain a close relationship with all businesses. For example it means you are informed and updated on changes to food legislation.
Since April 2004, fines have been imposed for a business that have not notified the Authority of their activity. Fines include $55 000 (maximum penalty) for single businesses and $275 000 (maximum penalty) for corporations (Section 100, NSW Food Act 2003).
Who is required to Notify?
Any business, enterprise or activity that involves handling of food intended for sale, or the sale of food must notify the Authority. Regardless of whether the business, enterprise or activity concerned is of a commercial or community nature; or whether it involves the handling or sale of food on one occasion only, must by law notify the Authority.
For more information on who is required to notify please contact the NSW Food Authority.
Food Business Notification Form (PDF 233KB)
The Food Standards Code also requires businesses which sell any sort of food to be either licensed or to notify the Authority of its details (there are significant fines for failing to be notified).
Guidelines to improve the food safety of temporary food events and reduce red tape are available below “Food Handling Guidelines for Temporary Events” covers markets and special food events across NSW.
The Food Safety Standards set out a framework for controlling potential threats to food safety. All food businesses are required by the standards to notify the following details to the relevant authority - Murrumbidgee Council. These details include the proprietor's name and address, the nature of the food business and the location of all food premises used by the business.
Country of origin food labelling
If you sell food in retail stores in Australia, Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) laws have applied to your products from 1 July 2016.
The reforms become mandatory on 1 July 2018 following a two-year transition period. This means food products packaged from 1 July 2018 must display the new labels.
Each new label will be specific to your food product. For details on what requirements are for labelling visit: https://www.business.gov.au/info/run/goods-and-services/selling-goods-and-services/selling-goods/country-of-origin-food-labelling/what-the-new-labels-look-like