Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) reintroduced the prospect of a Primary Production and Processing Standard (PPPS) for so-called high-risk horticulture in May this year with an Information paper calling for comment on scope and approach. This follows their 2014 abandonment of an earlier proposal to introduce a standard across all horticulture. Such standards exist for most types of primary food production. The foodborne illness incidents involving rockmelons and vegetables (and imported frozen berry fruit and pomegranate) in recent years have led FSANZ to reconsider an on-farm standard but just for so-called high-risk horticulture products at this stage. PMA A-NZ responded to the Information paper on behalf of members.
FSANZ has recently communicated to stakeholders with
(89-19) that summarises the plan to undertake risk and other assessments and consultation that may result in the development of a new on-farm standard. PMA A-NZ will engage with members including the Fresh Salad Producers Group and food safety stakeholders in order to gather opinions for the public consultation process, which FSANZ has indicated will commence in late October.