Starting a food business
Starting up a food business brings with it food safety requirements and obligations.
These depend on what the food is, where it is sold, and other factors.
Food safety requirements
For an introduction to food safety requirements for the business you want to start, use this interactive flowchart.
For an overview of the key issues for food safety in retail food service businesses, view the video:
Factsheets & resources
The Food Authority has produced a range of factsheets and resources relevant to different food business sectors:
- be prepared, be allergy aware
- cleaning & sanitising in food businesses
- handwashing in food businesses
- health & hygiene of food handlers
- product recall & withdrawal flowchart
- protecting food from contamination
- powers of authorised officers
For more see the resource centre.
Requirements not related to food safety
The Food Authority is not able to provide advice relating to:
- zoning, DA applications, noise restrictions—contact your local council
- tax, ABNs, insurance—contact a financial advisor or the Australian Taxation Office
- product development, shelf life testing or packaging suitability for specific products—contact a food/business consultant
- weights and measures—contact the National Measurement Institute
- liquor licensing—contact the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing