Food businesses - what happens if my food business doesn't comply?

We always aim to educate and help businesses comply with the Food Act 1984 or the Food Standards Code. However, where this hasn’t worked to address a problem, or there’s a risk to public health, enforcement action can be taken by Council.

Enforcement action can range from warnings and Food Act Orders, up to fines and even prosecution.

Some of the common non compliant issues we see are not having adequate hand washing facilities, having uncovered foods on display, staff members not handling foods safely, staff coming to work with gastro symptoms/food poisoning or not paying a Food Act renewal on time.

Page last updated: Thursday, 25 November 2021