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Proposal P1052 – Primary Production and Processing Requirements for High-risk Horticulture

In June 2018 The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) noted the recent increase of foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia and agreed that there is a need to reassess the food safety risk management of the five high risk horticulture sectors: ready to eat, minimally processed fruits and vegetables, fresh leafy green vegetables, melons, berries, and sprouts.

Forum Ministers requested that FSANZ identify appropriate regulatory and non-regulatory measures for Australia to manage food safety risks in these sectors.

In response, FSANZ has raised a Proposal to consider the development of a primary production and processing (PPP) standard for high-risk horticulture as part of a broader review of chapter 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code.

Read the Administrative Assessment Report - 31 July 2019 (pdf 136  kb) | (word 62 kb)

Next steps:

In early 2020 FSANZ will be seeking comment from the community, growers, industry and other interested parties on a first call for submissions.

This first call for submissions will seek information on the current environment and potential options for regulatory and non-regulatory measures to manage high risk horticulture.

Interested parties will have another opportunity to comment in a second call for comment which is expected later in the year.

This page will be updated as work progresses. If you are interested in participating in the public consultation please email standards.management@foodstandards.gov.au

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