"Whole-of-chain" approach to meat products safety regulation
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on a proposed primary production and processing standard for meat.
FSANZ chief executive officer Steve McCutcheon said the proposed standard provides a national "whole-of-chain" approach to food safety regulation of meat products.
"The standard recognises that existing state and territory laws already cover things such as animal feed and water, traceability and processing activities," McCutcheon said.
"What the proposed new standard will do is bring all these things under the one umbrella so that if there is a food incident, regulators will be better placed to investigate food safety matters through the entire meat supply chain.
"Having this ability provides the public and industry with assurance that the regulator can investigate, where appropriate, food safety matters at any point in the meat supply chain."
The closing date for submissions is 3 December 2013.