Dogs in outdoor dining areas

On 11 October 2012 an amendment to Clause 24 of Standard 3.2.2 Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) (external site) was gazetted.

The amended standard allows food businesses to permit dogs in their outdoor dining areas.

Previously, the Code did not permit food businesses to allow dogs in areas where food is handled, with the exception of an assistance animal.

In May 2012 Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) (external site) prepared Proposal P1018 to remove the restriction on the presence of companion dogs in outdoor dining areas of food premises.

As part of the proposal FSANZ undertook a risk assessment and found there was a low to negligible risk of companion dogs transmitting food-borne diseases to humans in outdoor dining settings.

The amendment to the Code clarifies any confusion on whether dogs are permitted in outdoor dining areas and addresses inconsistencies in the adoption of the Code across all jurisdictions.

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