Imported Food Testing Continues To Get Good Results

My department has a thorough process for checking imported food, and using a scientific risk model to focus efforts on food products that pose the greatest human health risk. This is all in a days work for Australias biosecurity system – which applies risk management tools to manage the known human health risks that foods pose, analysing where they come from, who manufactured the food, who the importer is, and then determining which consignments to intercept. Many biosecurity risks are not generally visible and require specialised skills and scientific knowhow to manage. Good biosecurity is essential to maintaining our human health, agricultural productivity, environment and our ability to grow our agricultural exports. “Its not just the Department of Agriculture working to monitor and test imported food, this is a real joint effort with my department working alongside Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), as well as state and territory authorities.
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