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Proposal P1052 – PPP Requirements for Horticulture (Berries, Leafy Vegetables and Melons)

​​​Last updated: January 2022

FSANZ has reviewed food safety measures for primary production and processing of berries, leafy vegetables and melons.

Based on our assessment of possible options (1. status quo, 2. regulation, 3. a combination of regulation and non-regulatory measures, 4. non-regulatory measures alone), FSANZ's preferred approach is to strengthen food safety management on-farm and during initial processing by introducing nationally-consistent food safety standards for each of the three sectors, and work with industry to develop guidance materials to help businesses implement the standards.

Public call for submissions – now open until 16 February 2022

In a second round of public consultation, FSANZ is calling for comment on all four options including the preferred approach to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standard Code to include a primary production and processing standard for each of the three sectors, and introduce non-regulatory measures in collaboration with industry to assist businesses to understand and comply with the standards.

Consultation documents Second call for submissions paper 

Have your say

We are seeking feedback from all interested individuals and organisations. The call for submissions period now closes 6pm on 16 February 2022. A 1 week extension has been provided from the original closing date of 9 February 2022.

Submissions should be made in writing and be marked clearly with the words 'Submission to proposal P1052'. Submissions can be lodged by  ​​​​emailing your submission to submissions@foodstandards.gov.au

Information received in response to the second call for submissions will help inform our decision on this proposal.

All FSANZ decisions on proposals are notified to the ministers responsible for food regulation, who can ask for a review or agree that the proposal should become law.​

Background 

In June 2018, the then Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum - now the Food Ministers' Meeting) noted the increase of foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia and requested that FSANZ reassess food safety risk management across three horticultural sectors.

In response, FSANZ raised proposal P1052 - Primary Production and Processing Requirements for Horticulture (Berries, Leafy Vegetables and Melons) to consider the need for regulatory and non-regulatory food safety risk management measures in these sectors. The work is part of a broader review of chapter 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code. For more information see our Review of the Food Safety Management Standards.

Proposal P1052 is being assessed under FSANZ's major procedure, which requires two rounds of public consultation. FSANZ completed a first round of public consultation in February-March 2020. Further details about previous consultation proposal P1052 is below​

Previous consultations

First call for submissions

Our first call for comment opened on 5 February 2020 and closed Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Targeted Consultation Survey 

To inform work on this proposal, in December 2020-January 2021, we invited berry, leafy vegetable and melon producers and processors to participate in a consultation survey. The purpose of the survey was to learn more about the business operations of these stakeholders, their food safety culture and the impacts of COVID-19. 

 

More information

This page will be updated as work progresses.​









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