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FSANZ Invites Public Comment on Food Law Changes

by 5m Editor
25 September 2009, at 9:03am

AUSTRALIA - Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has invited individuals and organisations with an interest in the regulation of food to provide information and comment on possible changes to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

The changes under consideration concern Australian food safety standards for for meat and meat products.

Primary production and processing standard for meat and meat products – Proposal P1005 – 1st Assessment

FSANZ has evaluated the hazards, current management practices and existing regulatory requirements for the meat industry in Australia and concluded that there are no unmanaged food safety risks for the major meat sectors.

It is considering whether to incorporate the existing on-farm practices into regulatory requirements in the Food Standards Code or retain the current industry self-regulatory approach. In regard to meat processing, there is currently regulation in all states and territories but there is no mechanism to review, update or change these regulatory requirements.

FSANZ has presented three management options to address these issues for scrutiny during the first of two rounds of public comment. For more information, click here.

FSANZ welcomes public comment from industry, public health professionals, government agencies and consumers. Details of all the assessments can be found on the FSANZ web site [click here]. Submissions should reach FSANZ by 4 November 2009.