food safety scheme

A food safety scheme is a legal document developed in consultation with government and industry. A scheme is based on reducing food safety risks through-chain. It is a preventative approach that ensures public health and safety.

In simple terms, a food safety scheme is a regulation that sets out minimum requirements that a primary production and/or processing business must legally meet to make sure its food is safe and suitable.

It may be a requirement under a food safety scheme for a person to develop and implement a food safety program. A food safety program is one of many regulatory tools that can be used to assist businesses in meeting their legal requirements.

what is the Meat Scheme?

The food safety scheme for meat and meat products (Meat Scheme) commenced on 1 January 2003 with the introduction of the Food Production (Safety) Regulation 2014.

The Meat Scheme involves over 6,000 meat businesses and includes:

  • processing businesses
  • distribution
  • wild game
  • rendering plants
  • retailers of meat and poultry meats.

does the Meat Scheme apply to you?

The Meat Scheme applies to meat (other than seafood) and small goods intended for human consumption; and pet meat, pet meat products and rendered products intended for animal consumption. To find out if the Meat Scheme applies to you CLICK HERE.