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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, Primary Production and Processing Requirements for High-risk Horticulture (P1052) 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)

First call for submissions – now open

We are currently seeking comment from the community, growers, industry and other interested parties on a first call for submissions.

The period for comment has been extended until 6pm (Canberra time) Wednesday 25 March 2020.

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

Read the Call for submissions - 5 February 2020 (pdf 1.02 mb) | (word 140 kb)

Supporting document 1 – Microbiological assessment approach and foodborne illness summary (pdf 992 kb) | (word 337 kb)

Supporting document 2 – Food safety measures for horticultural produce (pdf 1.3 mb) | (word 184 kb)

Supporting document 3 – Overview of the melon, berry and leafy vegetable industries in Australia (pdf 1.37 mb) | (word 724 kb)


Next steps

Interested parties will have another opportunity to comment in a second call for comment which is expected in late 2020. 

This page will be updated as work progresses. If you are interested in participating in the public consultation please email

More information:

How to make a submission

 Read more about the proposal

PPP Standards (Chapter 4)



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