SafeFish

SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade.

SafeFish is primarily funded by the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC) and is the leading platform in their program for dealing with food safety and trade and market access issues affecting Australian seafood.

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Technical Program and Current Issues

The technical program is underpinned by a strategy to identify current and emerging food safety and market access issues, prioritise these issues, and undertake technical work to provide potential solutions to overcome those of highest priority. This is known as the SafeFish prioritisation process, and is used as a robust method of determining the work program.

2021

Current Technical Research

Following the 2019 hazard identification and issue prioritisation process that was held, the following issues were identified as having the highest priority to the Australian seafood industry. For the 2021-2022 period technical research on the following items will be undertaken to assist in addressing them:

  • Developing a food safety risk register for the seafood industry
  • Building on the National seafood risk register and developing specific sector risk registers/mitigation plans
  • Assisting the STAG to develop an online 'Seafood exporters module'
  • Raising the awareness of Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) with health professionals.
  • Extension project if resources are available around Ready-to-eat seafood.
2021

Vibrio Webinar Series

In May 2021, SafeFish facilitated three webinars outlining food safety risks associated with Vibrio bacteria and investigating management strategies. To view these webinars, please click here.

Report an Issue

If you are aware of technical impediments to trade or food safety issues that you would like SafeFish to consider working on, please complete the following form.

Technical Reports

SafeFish produces technical reports to overcome issues of public health and market access significance for the Australian Seafood sectors.

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October 2021

About

SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade.

October 2021

Technical Program

The technical program is underpinned by a strategy to identify current and emerging food safety and market access issues, prioritise these issues, and undertake technical work to provide potential solutions to overcome those of highest priority.

January 2022

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Safefish contact details

October 2021

Codex

The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade (Codex).

January 2022

Contact

Safefish contact details

November 2021

FRDC FISH Magazine Articles

Safefish magazine digital copies

October 2021

Current Issues Relevant to the Australian Seafood Industry

The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade (Codex).

October 2021

Codex

The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade (Codex).

MAY 2017

CCCF

The Codex Committee on Food Additives is a General Subject Committee that develops policies on permitted maximum levels for individual food additives.

MAY 2017

CCFH

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene is a General Subject Committee that develops policies on food hygiene issues that are applicable to all food types.

MAY 2017

CCRVDF

The Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods is a General Subject Committee that determines priorities for the consideration of residues of veterinary drugs in foods.

Latest Content

The latest collection of SafeFish technical reports, communication outputs, news and articles can be found here.

DECEMBER 2021
News

FSANZ 27th Australian Total Diet Survey

The 27th Australian Total Diet Survey (ATDS) on per and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances is now available. The study tested for 30 different types PFAS, in 1,336 composite samples, representing 112 commonly eaten foods. To access this report click here.

NOVEMBER 2021
Fact Sheet

Vibrio Fact Sheet

SafeFish have developed a short fact sheet on vibrios. To access this document, please click here.

OCTOBER 2021
Annual Report

SafeFish Annual Report 2020-21

The 2020-2021 SafeFish Annual report is now available online. If you would like a printed version mailed to you, please contact the secretariat to request a copy.

OCTOBER 2021
Meeting

SafeFish Partners Meeting

The next SafeFish meeting will be held virtually on November 15th from 1-5pm AEST. Please contact the secretariat if you would like to register to attend this meeting.

SEPTEMBER 2021
Update

FRDC Tropical Rock Oyster Project 2020-043

The FRDC have recently funded a project determining toxigenic vibrio baselines and optimum storage, transport and shelf-life conditions to inform cold supply chains in the north Australian TRO industry.

JULY 2020
Information

Novel Coronovirus and Food Safety

FSANZ have compiled a page dedicated to providing information around COVID-19. A key message portrayed in this information is 'That there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food'. To view this content, please click here.

APRIL 2020
Update

Coronovirus COVID-19 Update

The FRDC in conjunction with SafeFish and other relevant experts, have developed an industry briefing for seafood relating to the developing Coronovirus COVID-19 pandemic. To view the briefing, please click here.

NOVEMBER 2019
Technical report

National Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Research Strategy

This report presents a national CFP research strategy aimed at mitigating risk for the seafood industry and reducing CFP illness in Australia.

Meetings & Events

15
NOV
2021
1:00pm to 5:00pm AEST
Virtual Meeting via Zoom
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