Allergen and additive labelling and declarations
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) sets standards for labelling of products containing food allergens, gluten and sulphite preservatives. Any product containing allergens specified in the Standard must be either:
- declared on a label on packaged food, or
- declared on, or in connection with, the display of food that is not required to be labelled, or
- declared to the customer at the time of purchase if they ask.
For more information on allergen labelling requirements refer to the FSANZ website: www.foodstandards.gov.au
The NSW Food Authority makes sure food labels comply with national standards so consumers are provided with accurate information about the food they buy.
Education and training for the food service industry
The booklet Be prepared, be allergy aware (PDF 2MB), outlines requirements for food service businesses relating to declaring and managing allergens.
The Australian Food and Grocery Council has a great deal of information for businesses that package or serve food/food products that contain or may contain allergens.
The Food Safety Centre Allergen Bureau is another worthwhile site to visit.
Food Safety Supervisor Requirements
Food laws in NSW require certain food businesses in the hospitality and retail food service sector to appoint at least one trained Food Safety Supervisor (FSS).
These requirements are to help safeguard NSW consumers from foodborne illness. Impacted business will need to appoint an FSS and notify the relevent enforcement agency (usually the local council). The FSS must be trained by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) approved by the NSW Food Authority. To find your closest RTO click here.
NSW Food Authority Guideline to Food Safety Supervisor Requirements (PDF 384.5KB)
Food Safety Factsheets:
Guidance on the 4-hour / 2-hour Rule (PDF 1.2MB)
Cleaning and Sanitising (PDF 297.8KB)
Food Handling Guide (Temporary Events) (PDF 531.4KB)
Hand Washing (PDF 198.8KB)
Health and Hygiene (PDF 201.4KB)
Pest Control (PDF 200.7KB)
Protecting Food from Contamination (PDF 197.5KB)
Frequently Asked Questions on Food Regulations
NSW Food Authority
Keeping Food Safe
Published on 20 May 2016