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Proposal P1053 – Food Safety Management tools

​​​Last updated: April 2022

Through Proposal P1053, FSANZ is assessing the application of food safety management tools to food service and retail businesses, to prevent and reduce incidences of foodborne illness.

The proposed changes are designed to help food businesses enhance their food safety management practices, delivering safer food to consumers and supporting improved business and consumer confidence.

Public call for submissions - now closed 

In February-April 2022, FSANZ called for public comment on a proposal to amend the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to introduce nationally-consistent food safety management regulation.

We proposed risk proportionate regulation, with targeted food safety measures to apply to businesses based on their level of food safety risk. The consultation documents are below. 

Consultation documents 

Call for submissions (pdf 1.17 mb) (word 191 kb)

Supporting document 1 - Consultation Regulation Impact Statement – P1053 Food Safety Management Tools(pdf 1.50mb) (word 240 kb) 

​Supporting document 2 - Risk profile for Australian food service and related food retail businesses(pdf 3.68 MB) ​​(word 6.78 mb) 

​Supporting document ​3 - ​Draft implementation Guidance (pdf 1.30 mb)(word 235 kb) ​​​

Information received in response to the 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) noted the number of foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia and agreed that there is a need to review food safety risk management in the food service and closely related retail sectors.

Through Proposal P1053, FSANZ is assessing the application of food safety management tools to food service and retail businesses, to prevent and reduce incidences of foodborne illness. This work is part of a broader review of chapters 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code. For more information see our Review of the Food Safety Management Standards.

FSANZ has engaged closely with stakeholders as a key part of our assessment of this proposal. The public call for submissions process recently closed. Information about other consultation activities is below. ​  

Public consultation

In February and March 2020, FSANZ sought public comment on the food safety management tools under consideration, and whether these should be included in the Code.

FSANZ sought information on:

  • the potential impact of these measures on businesses, including whether and how these tools could improve food safety outcomes, and
  • any gaps between current practices and practices under the proposed tools.

Consultation documents and a summary of the submissions received by FSANZ are available below.​

Targeted Consultation Survey

In November-December 2020, we invited stakeholder participation in a short survey to help us to better understand the experiences of food businesses during COVID-19. 

The survey sought feedback on how COVID safe management plans and their implementation affected business practices. The survey also sought feedback from food businesses on the three specific food safety tools under consideration. ​

More information

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