Application for Accreditation under the Food Safety Schemes for Meat, Eggs, and Dairy Produce - Queensland

Description

Businesses that must be accredited under a food safety scheme to assist in the monitoring and regulation of food safety in primary production and processing activities include butchers, smallgoods factories, poultry processors, meat transport vehicles, wild animal field harvesting, production and retail of pet food, meat cold stores, abattoirs, slaughter houses, dairy producers, dairy factories, egg producers and processors, seafood processors, commercial fishing boats, aquaculture farms and oyster businesses.

This accreditation (specified in the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000), allows you to produce the primary produce stated in your accreditation, according to the conditions of the accreditation. It does not authorise you to do anything prohibited under any other Act. The Act also specifies offences, penalties and appeal rights.

This accreditation is in addition to, and does not limit, the Food Act 2006.

The Food Production (Safety) Act 2000 establishes Safe Food Production Queensland. If the context permits, you should consider any reference to accreditation in this Act, another Act or document to be a reference to accreditation by Safe Food Production Queensland.

Under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000, Food Safety Schemes (FSS) are to be developed to regulate the production of primary produce. To date FSS have been introduced for seafood, meat, dairy produce and eggs.

The Act provides for a system of accreditation whereby an accreditation authorises the holder of the accreditation to produce primary produce stated in the accreditation, and on the conditions stated in the accreditation and under the Act.

The accreditation does not authorise the holder of the accreditation to do anything prohibited under another Act.

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.

This accreditation is in addition to, and does not limit, the Food Act 2006.

The functions of Safe Food Production Queensland are to:

  • regulate, under food safety schemes, the production of primary produce to ensure primary produce is safe for human and animal consumption
  • advise, or make recommendations to, the Minister about food safety matters relating to the production of primary produce, and the development or implementation of food safety schemes
  • monitor the hygiene and operating procedures of premises, vehicles, plant and equipment used for production of primary produce
  • encourage businesses engaged in the production of primary produce to minimise food safety risks by developing and maintaining food safety programs, and to develop and adopt quality assurance measures for the primary produce
  • approve or audit quality assurance mentioned above
  • approve food safety programs
  • grant accreditations
  • approve and train individuals to carry out audits to monitor compliance with food safety schemes
  • review audits mentioned above
  • commission research relating to food safety matters for primary produce.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements


Skills and knowledge commensurate with the activities involved in the production of primary produce.

Development of a Food Safety Program or food safety management statement, if required under a food safety scheme.

Duration

The prescribed period for accreditation is one year. This accreditation remains in effect as long as you pay the annual accreditation fee and maintain compliance with Safe Food Production Queenslands requirements.

Fees

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

Act(s) name

Food Production (Safety) Act 2000 QLD

Regulation(s) name

Food Production (Safety) Regulation 2014 QLD

Transfer process

This accreditation cannot be transferrred.

Administering agency

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries

Safe Food Production Queensland

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Safe Food Production Queensland

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries

Operating address: 138 Juliette Street
Greenslopes, Queensland 4120
Mailing address: PO BOX 549
Stones Corner, Queensland 4120
Phone: 1800 300 815
Phone: 07 3253 9800
Email: info@safefood.qld.gov.au
Website: Safe Food Production Queensland (Opens in new window)