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Call for comment on new food safety management standards

by Andrew Thomson on February 14, 2022

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking public comment on proposed new food safety management standards for food service and retail businesses.

Interim FSANZ CEO Dr Sandra Cuthbert said the proposed amendments to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) were designed to strengthen food safety management practices and introduce nationally consistent, risk-proportionate standards to reduce rates of foodborne illness.

“The food services sector is vitally important to the Australian economy and our way of life,” Dr Cuthbert said.

“The majority of businesses do an excellent job in providing Australians with safe food, however our assessment of food safety management practices in the sector has found a need for strengthened standards to ensure greater consistency and reduce rates of foodborne illness.  

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

You can read about 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.