Trade measurement laws regulate the retail and wholesale sale of bread and bakery products.
Bread and bakery items are either sold by number or by weight.
You can sell these bakery items by number or individually:
If you decide to advertise the weight for these items, you must ensure it is accurate.
You must sell these bread and bakery items marked with their weight:
You are not required to sell non-packaged loaves of bread by weight.
If you sell pre-packaged bread and bakery items, you must:
You must make the weight statement:
Read the Guide to the sale of pre-packaged goods to find out more.
You do not need to state the weight, number or packer details on packages of:
If you use a scale to weigh and sell bread and bakery items that aren’t pre-packaged, you must ensure that:
You are responsible for making sure the scale is correct at all times.
We recommend that you have all your scales checked regularly by a technician licensed by NMI (servicing licensee). For a list of servicing licensees, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMI employs trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia. We regularly inspect bread and bakery products being sold to ensure that sellers are following the correct process.
If an inspector finds that you are short-measuring your customers, you could be fined up to $222,000 per offence.
To find out more about trade measurement laws or report a suspected breach contact the trade measurement helpline:
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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