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Food Standards Code (until 1 March 2016)

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PART 1.1 Preliminary

Standard 1.1.1
Preliminary Provisions - Application, Interpretation and General Prohibitions
Standard 1.1.2
Supplementary Definitions for Foods

PART 1.1A Transitional Standards

Standard 1.1A.2
Transitional Standard for Health Claims
Standard 1.1A.6
Transitional Standard for Special purposes Foods (including Amino Acid Modified Foods) [New Zealand only]
Standard 1.1A.8
Transitional Standard for Dietary Fibre Nutrition Content Claims

PART 1.2 Labelling and other Information Requirements

Standard 1.2.1
Application of Labelling and Other Information Requirements
Standard 1.2.2
Food Identification Requirements
Standard 1.2.3
Mandatory Warning and Advisory Statements and Declarations
Standard 1.2.4
Labelling of Ingredients
Standard 1.2.5
Date Marking of Packaged Food
Standard 1.2.6
Directions for Use and Storage
Standard 1.2.7
Nutrition, Health and Related Claims
Standard 1.2.8
Nutrition Information Requirements
Standard 1.2.9
Legibility Requirements
Standard 1.2.10
Characterising Ingredients and Components of Food
Standard 1.2.11
Country of Origin Labelling [Australia only]

PART 1.3 Substances Added to Food

Standard 1.3.1
Food Additives
Standard 1.3.2
Vitamins and Minerals
Standard 1.3.3
Processing Aids
Standard 1.3.4
Identity and Purity

PART 1.4 Contaminants and Residues

Standard 1.4.1
Contaminants and Natural Toxicants
Standard 1.4.2
Maximum Residue Limits [Australia only]
Standard 1.4.3
Articles and Materials in Contact with Food
Standard 1.4.4
Prohibited and Restricted Plants and Fungi

PART 1.5 Foods Requiring Pre-Market Clearance

Standard 1.5.1
Novel Foods
Standard 1.5.2
Food produced using Gene Technology
Standard 1.5.3
Irradiation of Food

PART 1.6 Microbiological and Processing Requirements

Standard 1.6.1
Microbiological Limits in Food
Standard 1.6.2
Processing Requirements [Australia only]

PART 2.1 Cereals

Standard 2.1.1
Cereals and Cereal Products

PART 2.2 Meat, Eggs and Fish

Standard 2.2.1
Meat and Meat Products
Standard 2.2.2
Egg and Egg Products [Australia only]
Standard 2.2.3
Fish and Fish Products

PART 2.3 Fruits and Vegetables

Standard 2.3.1
Fruit and Vegetables
Standard 2.3.2

PART 2.4 Edible Oils

Standard 2.4.1
Edible Oils
Standard 2.4.2
Edible Oils Spreads

PART 2.5 Dairy Products

Standard 2.5.1
Standard 2.5.2
Standard 2.5.3
Fermented Milk Products
Standard 2.5.4
Standard 2.5.5
Standard 2.5.6
Ice Cream
Standard 2.5.7
Dried Milks, Evaporated Milks and Condensed Milks

PART 2.6 Non-alcoholic Beverages

Standard 2.6.1
Fruit Juice and Vegetable Juice
Standard 2.6.2
Non-Alcoholic Beverages and Brewed Soft Drinks
Standard 2.6.3
Standard 2.6.4
Formulated Caffeinated Beverages

PART 2.7 Alcoholic Beverages

Standard 2.7.1
Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages and Food Containing Alcohol
Standard 2.7.2
Standard 2.7.3
Fruit Wine and Vegetable Wine
Standard 2.7.4
Wine and Wine Product
Standard 2.7.5

PART 2.8 Sugars and Honey

Standard 2.8.1
Standard 2.8.2

PART 2.9 Special Purpose Foods

Standard 2.9.1
Infant Formula Products
Standard 2.9.2
Foods for Infants
Standard 2.9.3
Formulated Meal Replacements and Formulated Supplementary Foods
Standard 2.9.4
Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods
Standard 2.9.5
Food for Special Medical Purposes
Standard 2.9.6
Reserved (Foods Formulated for Special Diets)
Standard 2.9.7
Reserved (Macronutrient Modified Foods)

PART 2.10 Standards for Other Food

Standard 2.10.1
Vinegar and Related Products
Standard 2.10.2
Salt and Salt Products
Standard 2.10.3
Chewing Gum

PART 3.1 Preliminary

Standard 3.1.1
Interpretation and Application [Australia only]

PART 3.2 Food Safety Requirements

Standard 3.2.1
Food Safety Programs [Australia only]
Standard 3.2.2
Food Safety Practices and General Requirements [Australia only]
Standard 3.2.3
Food Premises and Equipment [Australia only]

PART 3.3

Standard 3.3.1
Food Safety Programs for Food Service to Vulnerable Persons [Australia only]

PART 4.1

Standard 4.1.1
Primary Production and Processing Standards - Preliminary Provisions [Australia only]

PART 4.2

Standard 4.2.1
Primary Production and Processing Standard for Seafood [Australia only]
Standard 4.2.2
Primary Production and Processing Standard for Poultry Meat [Australia only]
Standard 4.2.3
Primary Production and Processing Standard for Meat [Australia only]
Standard 4.2.4
Primary Production and Processing Standard for Dairy Products [Australia only]
Standard 4.2.5
Primary Production and Processing Standard for Eggs and Egg Product [Australia only]
Standard 4.2.6
Production and Processing Standard for Seed Sprouts [Australia only]

PART 4.5

Standard 4.5.1
Wine Production Requirements [Australia only]


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