Food SafetyEnsuring food produced in Tasmania's primary production and processing sectors is safe to eat is an important step in ensuring the wellbeing of consumers. It is also important to the protection of Tasmania's reputation as a producer of safe and clean food to allow ongoing market access and premium prices for Tasmania products.
Specific legislative controls exist for the following commodities:
In light of the horse meat substitution issue affecting parts of the European Union, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has confirmed that meat substitution is unlikely to occur in Australia. For more information, please visit the FSANZ website.
General obligations exist for all food producers under the Food Act 2003.
The Tasmanian Government is presently developing a new legislative and administrative model for primary industry food safety in Tasmania. Whilst Tasmania’s present regulatory model has served it well, change is necessary to ensure continuing best practice. For more information see Policy Development.
The regulation of food safety during the manufacture, preparation and retail sale of food is the responsibility of the Department of Health and Human Services and local government. These regulators are primarily responsible for the administration of the Food Act 2003, which places general obligation on all food producers, manufacturers and retailers.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been developed between Tasmanian food safety regulators to ensure that they together protect consumers in the most effective and efficient way possible.
For further information contact the Food Safety Branch:
Clerk (Food Safety)
171 Westbury Road PROSPECT TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6336 5280
Fax: 03 6343 2833
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