New requirements for food businesses

Food service, caterer and related retail businesses in Australia need to meet new food safety requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) from 8 December 2023.

The change means these businesses will need to ensure staff who handle unpackaged, potentially hazardous food have appropriate skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene and be able to show they are managing key food safety risks.

For other businesses, all the requirements are new, such as for children’s services that supply food, school canteens, supermarkets and delis.

The requirements do not apply to food handling for or at a fundraising event, or to businesses licensed with the Food Authority.

View the NSW Food Authority Standard 3.2.2A Guideline for businesses, to determine if the Standard applies to your business and what you need to do to comply.

For more information and tools visit  the NSW Food Authority website.