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Review of food safety management standards

(May 2019)

​Overall, Australia has a strong food safety management system in place which ensures a safe food supply. Despite this, foodborne illness continues to be a problem. 

In April 2017, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) agreed the food regulation system is producing strong food safety outcomes overall, and identified three priority areas for 2017–2021 to further strengthen the system. One of these priorities is to reduce foodborne illness, particularly related to Campylobacter and Salmonella, with a nationally-consistent approach.

FSANZ is reviewing chapters 3 and 4 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) to ensure a consistent and current approach to through-chain food safety management in Australia. Requirements in chapters 3 and 4 only apply in Australia.

As part of the review, we will consider:

  • requirements for food safety management in the food service sector and closely related retails sector
  • potential development of a primary production and processing (PPP) standard for high-risk horticulture products to introduce requirements to manage food safety on-farm, including requirements for traceability
  • new technologies that have developed since the original standards were developed

FSANZ is expecting to prepare a number of proposals to address this work commencing mid-2019. This paper provides an opportunity for stakeholders to provide general comment on the proposed scope and approach to the review. An opportunity to provide feedback on specific issues related to each area of work will occur during the proposal processes.

Download: Information Paper (pdf 802kb) | (word 97kb)

Comments on the paper can be made by in writing to, or to

Food Standards Australia New Zealand                                  
PO Box 5423                                                                                      
KINGSTON  ACT  2604                                                                    

Tel +61 2 6271 2222 

Deadline for comments is: 14 June 2019


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