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Food Standards as amended, taking into account amendments up to Food Standards (Proposal P1061 – Code Revision (2023)) Variation
Administered by: Health and Aged Care
Registered 24 Aug 2023
Start Date 19 Jul 2023

Standard 2.2.3 Fish and fish products

Note 1        This instrument is a standard under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). The standards together make up the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. See also section 1.1.1—3.

Note 2        The provisions of the Code that apply in New Zealand are incorporated in, or adopted under, the Food Act 2014 (NZ). See also section 1.1.1—3.

Note 3        This Code does not define specific names for fish. The Australian Fish Names Standard (AS 5300) provides guidance on standard fish names to be used in Australia..

                                      1.          Copies of the Standard may be purchased at https://infostore.saiglobal.com/en-au/standards/as-5300-2019-111200_saig_as_as_2741382/.

                                      2.          The Standard is available for viewing, at no cost to the user, at http://www.fishnames.com.au.

                                      3.          A searchable database of Australian Standard Fish Names is available at http://www.fishnames.com.au.

                                      4.          New Zealand common, Maori, and scientific names for fish species are available at https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-business/seafood-processing-storage-testing/fish-names-labelling-requirements/.


2.2.3—1               Name

                            This Standard is Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Standard 2.2.3 – Fish and fish products.

                                      Note    Commencement:
This Standard commences on 1 March 2016, being the date specified as the commencement date in notices in the Gazette and the New Zealand Gazette under section 92 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). See also section 93 of that Act.

2.2.3—2               Definitions

                                      Note    In this Code (see section 1.1.2—3):

                                      fish means a cold-blooded aquatic vertebrate or aquatic invertebrate including shellfish, but not including amphibians or reptiles.

2.2.3—3               Labelling of formed or joined fish

                            For the labelling provisions, for a food that consists of raw fish that has been formed or joined in the semblance of a cut or fillet of fish using a binding system without the application of heat, whether coated or not, the following information is required:

                            (a)      a declaration that the food is either formed or joined;

                            (b)      in conjunction with that declaration, cooking instructions that would result in microbiological safety of the food being achieved.

                                      Note 1 The labelling provisions are set out in Standard 1.2.1.

                                      Note 2 Section 1.4.1—3 and section S19—6 prescribe the maximum level of histamine permitted in fish and fish products.


Amendment History

The Amendment History provides information about each amendment to the Standard. The information includes commencement or cessation information for relevant amendments.


These amendments are made under section 92 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 unless otherwise indicated. Amendments do not have a specific date for cessation unless indicated as such.


About this compilation


This is compilation No. 2 of Standard 2.2.3 as in force on 19 July 2023 (up to Amendment No. 220). It includes any commenced amendment affecting the compilation to that date.


Prepared by Food Standards Australia New Zealand on 19 July 2023.


Uncommenced amendments or provisions ceasing to have effect


To assist stakeholders, the effect of any uncommenced amendments or provisions which will cease to have effect, may be reflected in the Standard as shaded boxed text with the relevant commencement or cessation date. These amendments will be reflected in a compilation registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments including or omitting those amendments and provided in the Amendment History once the date is passed.


The following abbreviations may be used in the table below:


ad = added or inserted                                          am = amended

exp = expired or ceased to have effect                  rep = repealed

rs = repealed and substituted


Standard 2.2.3 was published in the Food Standards Gazette No. FSC96 on 10 April 2015 as part of Amendment 154 (F2015L00429–- 31 March 2015) and has since been amended as follows:


Section affected

A’ment No.

FRLI registration




How affected

Description of amendment

Note 3



2 June 2021


3 June 2021

3 June


Note 3 links to documents amended.

Note 3



11 July 2023


19 July 2023

19 July 2023


Repeal the note, and substitute.