You will require approval if you intend to operate as a food safety auditor. Food safety auditors carry out the following types of tasks:
- undertake audits of a primary producer's food safety program
- take any necessary follow-up action (including further audits) to ensure that identified deficiencies in a food safety program have been addressed
- undertake assessments of primary producers to ascertain their compliance with the requirements of a food safety scheme
- report on issues arising from these inspections.
A primary producer is any business involved in providing primary produce, which includes:
- any animal, plant or other organism (or part of) intended for consumption by humans
- any food produced by any primary production activity
- any pet food produced by any primary production activity.
Food safety schemes regulate the activities that may be undertaken by primary producers (e.g. accreditation of operators, requirements for premises and equipment, provisions for the health of the relevant primary produce, etc).
Food safety programs deal with issues such as:
- identifying significant food safety hazards related to that primary produce activity
- demonstrating how the primary producer is going to address those hazards
- introducing product recall procedures
- demonstrating how the primary producer is going to comply with any applicable standards, codes, guidelines or testing regimes.
For further information please consult the Contact Officer.