Food safety

Our food supply is among the safest in the world, however each year an estimated 5.4 million Australians contract a food borne illness.

Most cases of food borne illness are preventable through good hygiene and safe food handling practices.  

Food safety is a shared responsibility and we all have a role to play:

  • food businesses are required to make sure the food they sell is safe and suitable to eat
  • consumers need to ensure that safe food handling practices are applied from the time food is purchased until it is served, and  
  • state and local government work together to ensure that the food for sale in South Australia is safe and suitable.

The Food & Controlled Drugs Branch in SA Health works together with other government agencies and local councils to ensure that the food for sale in SA is safe and correctly labelled.

Rockmelon update

South Australians who are not vulnerable or at risk of Listeriosis can resume consuming rockmelons from South Australian suppliers after all contaminated melons were removed from the local supply chain. For more information see the Food recalls page.

Food safety information

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