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Food legislation

Government policy and legislation influence decisions made in the food industry. In the core strand, The Australian food industry, you are expected to be familiar with basic food legislation.

Outcomes
This material addresses aspects of the following syllabus outcome:
H1.2 A student examines the nature and extent of the Australian food industry

Source: Board of Studies NSW, Stage 6 Food Technology Syllabus, Preliminary and HSC Courses (2009)

Australian Food News (external website)provides up to date information on food law and policy in Australia. Below is a flow diagram of where you will be travelling on the internet. You can follow the path we choose by answering the questions below or you can hop to information that you particularly want to research.

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**Note ANZFA is now called Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Activity

Answer the following questions in point form or as suggested.

1.

What is Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ (external website))?

2.

What are the main functions of the FSANZ (external website)?

3.

What are the objectives for making FSANZ (external website) standards?

4.

What would happen if a company imported food that did not meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Imported food control Act 1992 (external website)?

5.

Draw a mind map summarising the adulteration of food as described in the Food Act 2003 (NSW) (external website).

6.

In plain English state the information that must be found on a food label as described in the Food Act 2003 (NSW) (external website) Part 2 Item 15 Food and food packages to be correctly labelled.

7.

Do you think food is included in the Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW) (external website) in Part 3 Item 34 Recall of defective goods?

8.

State the full title for the 1997 ANZFA guidelines for the uniform implementation of food recalls. (external website)

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