Primary Production and Processing Standard for Seed Sprouts
FSANZ has developed a Primary Production and Processing (PPP) Standard for seed sprouts (Standard 4.2.6) 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.
Seed sprouts are a germinated form of seeds and beans, such as alfalfa sprouts, onion sprouts, radish sprouts, and mung bean sprouts. They are eaten either raw or cooked.
In recent years, outbreaks of food-borne illness both in Australia and overseas have been associated with eating seed sprouts. Contaminated seed sprouts present an unacceptable health risk to consumers.
The objective of this Proposal (P1004) is to reduce the incidence of food-borne illness associated with seed sprouts.
FSANZ has worked with the seed sprouts industry, governments and consumers to develop the standard.