Trade measurement laws regulate the retail and wholesale sale of seafood.
You must sell most seafood, when not pre-packaged, by weight.
If you use scales to weigh and sell seafood that isn’t pre-packaged, you must make sure:
It is your responsibility to make sure the scale is correct at all times.
We recommend that you have all your scales used for trade checked regularly by a technician licensed by NMI (servicing licensee). For a list of servicing licensees, email email@example.com.
You must sell all pre-packaged seafood, except oysters, by weight.
If you sell pre-packaged seafood, you must:
You should print weight statements either on labels attached to the package or directly on the package itself. When you pack and sell seafood on the same premises, you can hand-write the statement.
The weight statement must be:
In addition, if the packages are not all the same weight, you must mark the total price and price per kilogram either:
Read the Guide to the sale of pre-packaged goods to find out more.
On the weight statement on pre-packaged frozen seafood, you must:
Trade measurement inspectors use the Frozen Fish Method to determine if pre-packaged frozen seafood has been accurately labelled. Read about this process in Clause 7.9 of the National Test Procedure (NTP) - Sampling and Test Procedures for Prepackaged Products [1.2MB PDF] [807KB DOCX].
We do not apply the Frozen Fish Method to fish products either:
You can sell pre-packaged oysters by number. You must mark the packaging with the accurate count, except when the package:
We employ trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia. We inspect seafood 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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