Safe Food Production Queensland - Queensland

Service summary

Support is provided to ensure the production of primary produce is carried out in a way that:

  • makes the primary produce fit for human or animal consumption
  • maintains food quality

To provide for food safety measures for the production of primary produce consistent with other State laws relating to food safety.

Safe Food Production Queensland provides advice by a variety of media including telephone, internet (www.safefood.qld.gov.au) and publications on a wide range of issues relevant to the meat, dairy and egg industries in Queensland, with a focus on food safety.

Safe Food Production Queensland will also provide such information for a wide range of other food industries (e.g. seafood and horticulture) as the organisation develops food safety schemes for these industries over the coming years.

Since January 2003, Food Safety Schemes have been implemented for meat, dairy produce, seafood, eggs and egg products.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Definition of terms

Dairy produce
  • milk of a bovine animal, camel, goat or sheep, or other milk prescribed under a regulation, or
  • a product consisting substantially of milk, or milk solids and prescribed under a regulation to be a dairy produce (e.g. butter, cheese, yoghurt and flavoured milk).
Egg
  • egg means a bird egg;
  • egg product means all or part of the content of an egg in dried, frozen or liquid form.
Egg production

the egg scheme applies for the production of eggs and egg products, including, for example, the following:

a. rearing a bird at an egg production farm for egg production;
b. growing stock food at an egg production farm for consumption by a bird to be used for egg production;
c. producing eggs at an egg production farm, including under a preferred supplier arrangement;
d. storing eggs at an egg production farm, egg processing facility or wholesalers premises;
e. transporting eggs or egg products
 - from an egg production farm to an egg processor or wholesaler, or
 - from an egg processor to a wholesaler, or
 - from a wholesaler to an egg processor, or
 - within an egg production farm, egg processing facility or wholesalers premises, or
 - from an egg producer, egg processor or wholesaler to a retailer, manufacturer or commercial user;
f. handling eggs or egg products at an egg production farm, egg processing facility or wholesalers premises;
g. washing and grading eggs, including assessing eggs for cracks;
h. off farm sales of eggs;
i. processing eggs to produce egg products;
j. pasteurising egg products.

Meat

meat is a raw food that is the whole or part of a killed animal.

Meat does not stop being meat merely because its nature is changed, other than by cooking, or it is mixed with another substance (e.g. marinated meat, meat rissoles, meat sausages, stir fry lamb mix).

Meat does not include small goods.

Poultry

means chicken, turkey, duck, squab (pigeons), geese, pheasants, quail, guinea fowl, muttonbirds and other avian species (other than ratites).

Poultry Processor

means a person accredited under the meat scheme in the category of processor who carries out processing, or transporting, of poultry product intended for human consumption.

Poultry Producer

means a person accredited under the meat scheme in the category of producer who carries out rearing, or live transporting, of poultry intended for human consumption.

Poultry Product

means the carcass of poultry, poultry meat or poultry meat product.

Primary produce
  1. food produced by the production of primary produce; or
  2. an animal, plant or other organism intended for human or animal consumption; or
  3. raw material taken from an animal, plant or other organism for food.

Primary produce does not include a raw material mentioned in (c) above unless the raw material is in substantially the same condition as when it was taken from the animal, plant or other organism. A whole apple is an example of a raw material in substantially the same condition as when it was taken from a plant.

Production of primary produce

includes the following:

  • the growing, cultivation, picking, harvesting, collection or catching of animals, plants or other organisms;
  • the transportation or delivery of primary produce;
  • the freezing, packaging, refrigeration, storage, treating or washing of primary produce;
  • the dismembering, filleting, peeling or shucking of seafood, or adding brine to seafood;
  • the boiling of crustaceans;
  • the pasteurisation or homogenisation of milk, or manufacturing of other dairy produce;
  • the making of small goods;
  • meat processing or rendering;
  • the processing of primary produce
    i) intended for consumption by a domestic animal; or
    ii) intended for consumption by another animal if the animal, or any part or product of the animal, is intended for human consumption.

The production of primary produce does not include a process, including, for example, manufacturing or canning, in which the nature of the primary produce is substantially changed.

Production of seafood

includes the following:

  • catching, collecting, cultivating, growing, harvesting or picking seafood;
  • handling, processing or transporting seafood, at any stage, from seafood premises to a retailer, commercial user of seafood or manufacturer of seafood;
  • freezing, packing, refrigerating, storing, treating or washing seafood;
  • dismembering, filleting, peeling or shucking seafood;
  • adding brine to seafood;
  • boiling crustaceans or shellfish;
  • supplying seafood from seafood premises.
Ready-to-eat meat
  • smallgoods; and
  • slow-cured meat; and
  • UCFM*

*UCFM means a comminuted fermented meat that has not had its core temperature maintainted at 65 degrees celcius for at least 10 minutes or an equivalent combination of time and higher temperature during production, whether or not the meat has been heated.

Eligibility requirements

No specific eligibility criteria apply.

Fees

Fees and charges can be found on the Safe Food Queensland website.

Publications Details

Legislation is available from the Queensland Legislation website www.legislation.qld.gov.au

Safe Food Queensland does supply at no cost an Egg Implementation Manual - A guide to egg food safety and quality for Queensland's commercial egg suppliers. This document is available on the Safe Food Queensland website - www.safefood.qld.gov.au

Australian Standards are available for a fee or in some case free of charge for download. Standards include:

AS 4696:2002 Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption
AS 4467:1998 Hygienic Production of Crocodile Meat
AS 5011:2001 Hygienic Production of Natural Casings
AS 5008:2001 Hygienic Rendering of Animal Products
AS 5010:2001 Hygienic Production of Ratite (Emu/Ostrich) Meat
AS 4841:2006 Hygienic Production of Pet Meat

These documents are available on the CSIRO publishing website - www.publish.csiro.au


Administering agency

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Safe Food Production Queensland

Contact details

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Safe Food Production Queensland


Operating address:
138 Juliette Street
Greenslopes, Queensland 4120
Mailing address:
PO BOX 549
Stones Corner, Queensland 4120

Phone:

07 3253 9800

Phone:

1800 300 815
info@safefood.qld.gov.au

Website:

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Disclaimer

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