Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has developed a Primary Production and Processing (PPP) standard for meat as part of a series of national food safety standards.
PPP standards (which only apply in Australia) aim to strengthen food safety and traceability throughout the food supply chain from paddock to plate.
In 2013 FSANZ combined two proposals—one for minor meat species (P1014) and one for major meat species (P1005) into one proposal, which kept the proposal number P1014.
The Standard, which was gazetted in July 2014, recognises that existing state and territory laws already cover requirements relating to inputs (e.g. animal feed and water) and traceability along with meat and meat product and wild game processing. But the new Standard means that if there is a food incident, regulators will be able to investigate food safety matters through the entire meat supply chain. This ability did not exist under previous arrangements.
Businesses that are already complying with existing legal requirements and continue to do so will comply with the future meat standard.
The new Standard comes into effect on July 31 2015.