Ensuring 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.
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
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 together they protect consumers in the most effective and efficient