All food related activities which involve the preparation, storage and/or transport of food which may be intended for sale, or the sale of food, must be undertaken within the legislative requirements of the following:
A food business can be defined as a business, enterprise or activity (other than primary production) that involves handling food intended for sale (as defined in the Act), or the sale of food. This is regardless of whether the business, enterprise or activity concerned is of a commercial, charitable or community nature, or whether it only involves the handling or sale of food on a single occasion.
Food businesses can also consist of businesses like chemists, cinemas, kiosks, petrol stations and swimming pools, whether they sell packaged or other types of food. Food businesses, whether major food manufacturers or a small community group that may hold a once per year fair, have responsibilities to abide by under the government's legislation to ensure food safety.
Requirements of the Food Act 2001 dictate that all businesses undertaking food handling activities or selling food (other than a primary food production business) are required to notify its Local Council of their food business and details.