Food safety is an important aspect of public health and wellbeing. Breaches in food safety can result in illness, hospitalisation and in extreme cases, fatalities. Unsafe food practices can also have broader social and economic consequences.
Queensland's food industry is rapidly growing. Since June 2010, the number of licensed food businesses in Queensland has increased by 24 per cent, from 24 029 to 29 825. Growth in the industry, coupled with the introduction of online food delivery, means greater emphasis is needed on the safe preparation and service of food.
The Food Act 2006 is the primary food safety legislation that applies to all food businesses in Queensland. Responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the Food Act 2006 rests with Queensland Health and local governments (councils).