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Novel Coronavirus and Food Safety

Last updated: 21 August 2020

Key points:

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food.
  • Maintaining good hygiene practices is recommended.
  • Stay home if you are sick, don't attend the workplace and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Businesses need to follow any social distancing requirements requested by the Australian and New Zealand Government.

Food production and supply is considered an essential service in Australia and in New Zealand. We are working with the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, state and territory health authorities, and international counterparts to ensure the most up to date information is available on our website for consumers, those working in the food industry, and charities, groups and volunteers donating food.

For the latest news on COVID-19 see the Australian Government Department of Health website

If you are in New Zealand, see the Ministry of Health for the latest news on COVID-19 and the Ministry for Primary Industries for food safety advice. 

Have you got a question that isn't covered here? Email us.














Where can I find more information?

A​CT: Economic support.

NSW Food Authority: Advice for Food Businesses.

New Zealand: COVID-19 and food safety​.

Nort​hern Territory: Guidelines for food businesses.

QLD Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Safe Food Production Queensland: COVID-19 Advice for Food Businesses.

SA Health: Advice for Food businesses and industry.

Tasmania: COVID-19 Food safety advice.

Vic Health: Advice for Food Businesses.

WA Health: Food safety and COVID-19.

WHO/FAO: COVID-19 and Food Safety: Guidance for Food Businesses.

Latest Australian COVID-19 updates: see the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Food safety requirements: the requirements of Standards 3.2.2 and 3.2.3apply to all Australian businesses. For help meeting the requirements, see our guide to the food safety standards - Safe Food Australia and our InfoBitesfact sheets.

Food safety enforcement and compliance: Australian state and territory health authorities and the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries are responsible for enforcement and compliance of the Food Standards Code. Contact details are available on our website.

Australian workplace laws: Fair Work Ombudsman.

Safe Work Australia: COVID-19 Information for workplaces​.


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