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Food Unit

(formerly Dairy Safety Branch, Food Safety Branch, Meat Safety Branch)


As the lead agency, the Food Unit has a key role to ensure systems are in place:

  • To provide input to the national food regulatory framework and development of food laws in Australia.
  • To identify and manage risks that result in food in Western Australia (WA) being safe and suitable and meeting national food standards.

Services and Programs

The Food Unit will develop a strategic direction for the administration of the food regulatory framework and food laws in WA, being responsible for:

  • Developing a strategic plan.
  • Facilitating key provisions to achieve consistent implementation of the Food Act 2008.
  • Coordinating the Environmental Health aspects of food recalls and investigations of food borne illness.
  • Registration and auditing of certain Class One food businesses.
  • Monitoring food safety and nutrition developments including the coordination of State wide food monitoring programmes.
  • Input into the development of risk management tools and systems.
  • Facilitating departmental and whole of government input into national policies and standards relating to food safety and nutrition in the context of public health.
  • Providing food safety and nutrition related public health information.
  • Informing Local Government, businesses, other government departments, and the community about food matters in general.

Contact Information:

Location:  Grace Vaughan House, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park WA 6008
Postal Address:  PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Phone:  (08) 9388 4999
Fax:  (08) 9388 4955

Senior Staff:

Unit Manager:    Stan Goodchild
This unit last updated: 29 Jul 2008, 2:44pm