The Food Act 1984 provides the regulatory framework for the food industry to ensure that food sold in Victoria is safe, suitable and correctly labelled.
The department shares responsibility for developing and administering food regulation with the Commonwealth and Victorian local governments to promote consistent regulatory requirements in a widely dispersed and varied food industry.
Deliberate contamination of strawberries
A number of cases of deliberate contamination of strawberries have been reported in Victoria, and are being followed up by police.
To date, the only brands relating to confirmed cases of deliberate contamination around Australia are Berry Licious, Berry Obsession and Donnybrook. These three brands have been withdrawn from sale.
Consumers should continue to enjoy strawberries and cut before consuming.
People are urged to report food contaminated with foreign matter to the health unit of their local council.
An amendment to the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 will require hospitals to notify the department of cases of anaphylaxis from 1 November 2018.
Find out more about the changes
Latest FSANZ food recalls and media releases
View the latest food and media from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
Learn more about the Food Standards Code at the FSANZ