You will need this licence if you intend to be involved in commercial primary production of seed sprouts. Commercial primary production of seed sprouts includes any of the following done for the purpose of supplying seed sprouts to a food business or a seed sprout business:
- the decontamination of seed or seed sprouts
- the soaking of seed
- the germination or growth of seed
- the harvest of seed sprouts
- the washing, drying or packing of seed sprouts.
Seed sprouts refer to young seedlings which may be grown from: alfalfa, broccoli, clover, onion, radish, sunflower seeds or other seeds, mung beans or other beans, and snow peas or other peas.
All persons involved in the commercial supply (including production) of seed sprouts must:
- comply with the Seed Sprouts Scheme as prescribed by regulation and any relevant standards
- hold an accreditation in order to carry on a business involving the production or processing of seed sprouts
- prepare and implement an approved food safety program which is audited at least once a year.