18 July 2011

Egg and Egg Product Primary Production and Processing Standard – COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – FSANZ

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) announced on 30 May 2011 the gazettal of a Primary Production and Processing Standard for Eggs and Egg Products. The standard is intended to be implemented by state and territory food regulators and will introduce new requirements for egg producers to identify and control the food safety hazards associated with the production of eggs. Specific requirements have been included for the control of inputs, waste disposal, health and hygiene, traceability of eggs, and sale or supply of unsuitable eggs and egg pulp.

A Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared by FSANZ. The RIS concluded that if a 20 per cent reduction in egg-related illness is achieved the enhanced food safety benefits of the new requirements would likely outweigh the costs.

The RIS makes reference to other assessment documents provided to the FSANZ Board for consideration in making a decision on the standard which should be read in conjunction with the RIS. The RIS was assessed as adequate by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.


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