Seafood is a widely consumed food. Businesses dealing with seafood have a responsibility to make sure that the end product is safe and suitable to eat.
There are a number of issues that are of potential significance to food safety in the seafood industry in Queensland:
- contamination from toxins, viruses or heavy metals
- inadequate temperature control, hygiene or premises that may result in contamination and growth of pathogens
- ensuring staff have the skills and knowledge about food safety practices necessary for the work that they undertake
- the need for traceability to mitigate food safety impacts.
So now you know the risks, what next?
If you produce or process seafood in Queensland then there are certain responsibilities you have under the Food Safety Scheme for Seafood (Seafood Scheme).
It doesn't matter if you are a big or small operator if you produce, process or supply seafood it is likely that you must comply with the requirements set out in the Seafood Scheme.