Legislation and Standards
The legislative framework that governs food safety practices throughout New South Wales includes the NSW Food Act 2003 and the Food Regulation 2004. This legislation requires compliance with the Food Standards Code, including the Food Safety Standards. There are currently three active standards, these include:
- Food Safety Standard 3.1.1 – Interpretation and Application
- Food Safety Standard 3.2.2 – Food Safety Practices and General Requirements
- Food Safety Standard 3.2.3 – Food Premises and Equipment
The standards were developed by the Australian and New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) and are designed to provide more effective and nationally uniform food safety legislation. A Guide to the Food Safety Standards provides assistance with the interpretation of these standards.
Another major document that relates to retail food premises is AS4674-2004 – Construction and Fitout of Food Premises. This Australian Standard sets out the construction requirements for retail food businesses. This document can be purchased from Standards Australia.
AS 3806-1998 Compliance Programs provides principles for the development, implementation and maintenance of effective compliance programs.