Last updated: June 2022
FSANZ has reviewed food safety measures for primary production and processing of berries, leafy vegetables and melons under Proposal P1052. This proposal considered strengthening food safety management on-farm and during initial processing by introducing nationally-consistent, baseline food safety standards for the three sectors.
On June 8 2022, the FSANZ Board approved the introduction of three new food standards, one each for berries, leafy vegetables and melons.
On 22 June 2022, FSANZ notified Food Ministers' Meeting (FMM) of its decision.
The FMM has 60 days from that notification to either request FSANZ review the standards under Division 3 of Part 3 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth) or inform FSANZ that it does not intend to request a review. If a review is not requested, the three standards will be gazetted in Australia and become part of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and Australian food law. Once gazetted, there will be a 30 month transition period for implementation. Interested parties will be notified of the gazettal via the Notification Circular.
The FSANZ Board also recommended to the FMM that the three standards, if endorsed by FMM, be supported by non-regulatory tools, such as guidance documents and materials, to support and increase awareness of the standards and their requirements.
NOTE: Costs of illness in the assessment of P1052 were estimated using a recently revised model developed for FSANZ by the ANU. See further information here.
In June 2018, the then Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (now the Food Ministers' Meeting) noted the increase of foodborne illness outbreaks in Australia and requested that FSANZ reassess food safety risk management across three horticultural sectors.
In response, FSANZ raised proposal P1052 to consider the need for regulatory and non-regulatory food safety risk management measures in these sectors. The work is part of a broader review of chapter 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code. For more information see our Review of the Food Safety Management Standards.
Proposal P1052 was assessed under FSANZ's major procedure, which required two rounds of public consultation. The first round was in February-March 2020 with the second from November 2021 to February 2022. Further details about each consultation for proposal P1052 is below.
Second call for submissions
Submissions recieved(zip 11 mb)
Information received in response to the second call for submissions helped to inform our decision on this proposal.
All FSANZ decisions on proposals are notified to the ministers responsible for food regulation, who can ask for a review or agree that the proposal should become law.
First call for submissions
Our first call for comment opened on 5 February 2020 and closed Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Targeted Consultation Survey
To inform work on this proposal, in December 2020-January 2021, we invited berry, leafy vegetable and melon producers and processors to participate in a consultation survey. The purpose of the survey was to learn more about the business operations of these stakeholders, their food safety culture and the impacts of COVID-19.