Current issues

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The department works with key stakeholders to develop food regulatory policy.

A list of current activities undertaken across the food regulatory system is maintained on the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation website.

New rules for country of origin labelling

Reforms to country of origin labelling commenced on 1 July 2016. An Information Standard under Australian Consumer Law sets out the new country of origin labelling requirements for food sold in Australia. Under this Information Standard, businesses have until 30 June 2018 to transition to the new arrangements and current stock in trade can see out its shelf life.

Businesses are now able to design and affix labels in accordance with the Information Standard. Further information is available at business.gov.au/foodlabels.

Further information for consumers is available at www.foodlabels.industry.gov.au, as well as from the ACCC website.

Hemp as food on the way

In April 2017 ministers responsible for food regulation approved a proposal to permit the sale of low- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp seeds as food. While the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code has been amended to allow the sale of low-THC hemp seed foods, the changes will not come into effect until late 2017.

Until the changes come into effect the sale of low-THC hemp products is not permitted in Australia and New Zealand.

For more information visit Food Standards Australia New Zealand.