Food regulation in Australia involves all three levels of government, and the requirements differ depending on the location of the business as well as the nature of the foods being imported/sold. All foods are expected to comply with the Food Standards Code, which is administered by the bi-national government agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
Pre-market approval of food products is not required in Australia, but all companies involved in the handling/sale of food in Australia are responsible for ensuring the foods they manage are safe for human consumption. Depending on the level of risk of contamination, a formal food safety program may be required, and higher risk products may require personnel specifically designated to ensure food is handled safely. Most states require a registration or notification to the local council for businesses handling food. Specific imported foods, such as those containing milk or animal products, may be subject to requirements for import permits. Registration and annual maintenance fees for the registration of the food business apply. Due to the multi-level government involvement and complex nature of identifying and controlling high-risk foods, involving NHP Consulting from inception will ensure an expedited time to market in a compliant manner. NHP Consulting can assess the level of registration required for your food business in the state in which you wish to register, and assess the formulas of foods intended for import to identify any import permits required. We can review your label and marketing materials for compliance with the Food Standards Code, and evaluate the compliance of your formula with respect to FSANZ.
NHP Consulting will provide all regulatory documentation to achieve market compliance for the Australian marketplace.