This Notification Circular includes notices that are required to be given to the public, submitters and appropriate government agencies, under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act).
FSANZ has completed a BSE food safety risk assessment report for Mexico and the report is now available on the FSANZ website. The Australian government’s BSE food safety policy requires that all countries exporting or seeking to export beef to Australia have a risk assessment undertaken by FSANZ.
FSANZ’s food safety risk assessment examined the effectiveness of BSE-related controls throughout the beef production chain in Mexico. Animal feeding practices, transportation, animal identification and traceability, slaughtering, and food safety and food recall systems were examined. The assessment comprised both desk assessment and in-country verification phases.
FSANZ has assigned Mexico Category 1 BSE food safety risk status. Category 1 status means that there are comprehensive and well-established controls to prevent both the introduction and amplification of the BSE agent within a country’s cattle population, and the risk of contamination of the human food supply with the BSE agent is negligible.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has notified FSANZ of applications or variations to the APVMA MRL Standard that the APVMA considers will likely result in variations to Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2 if they are granted.
Calls for public comment - Proposed variations to Standard 1.4.2
The APVMA has called for public comment on a number of proposed variations to Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2.
Gazettal of amendments to Standard 1.4.2
The APVMA has registered a number of amendments to Schedule 1 of Standard 1.4.2 on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments. For further information go to the ComLaw website
Information Publication Scheme - Important information for applicants and submitters
Under the Information Publication Scheme all applications to change the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, as well as submissions on applications and proposals, will be published on our website.
We will not publish any material provided in-confidence. Applications will be published when we publicly notify FSANZ's decision after an Administrative Assessment has been completed and the application has been accepted. Submissions will be published as soon as possible after the end of the public comment period. Where large numbers of documents are involved, FSANZ will make these available on CD, rather than on the website.
Visit our contact us page if you have general questions about our work.
In accordance with the Food Regulation Agreement, the Australian Government Department of Health is responsible for providing secretariat services to the Legislative Governance Forum on Food Regulation, the Food Regulation Standing Committee and the Implementation Subcommittee for Food Regulation.
The Food Secretariat sends information updates to stakeholders on a regular basis. If you would like to receive these updates (this is separate and in addition to updates from FSANZ), register your details on the Food Secretariat Stakeholder Database. A registration form is available on the website.
Alternatively, the Food Regulation Secretariat can be contacted on:
Phone: +61 2 6289 5128
Fax: +61 2 6289 5100
Postal Address: Food Secretariat
MDP 802, GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA ACT 2601