The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has released a new Industry Advice Notice (IAN), to advise stakeholders of changes being made to departmental audit requirements to allow for the recognition of food safety certification schemes.

From 1 October 2022, horticulture accredited property packhouses and/or registered establishments certified under a current food safety certification to an approved Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme, may have a time reduction in departmental audits.

The following GFSI approved schemes will be recognised:

  • Freshcare
  • British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF)

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