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Report on China's Food Labelling Requirements

SafeFish Update

Update from the Seafood Trade Advisory Group

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SafeFish is conducting a new prioritisation round when we scan seafood illnesses, trade recalls, Australian outbreak data, industry and other sources of information for current and emerging food safety and trade and market access issues. Over forty issues have been identified, ranging from Chinese regulations not allowing the use of sulphites in canned abalone and off-label chemical use in seafood production. The issues will be ranked on the 25th October by SafeFish partners, and the resulting list provided to funders and researchers. It will also be used to set the SafeFish work agenda for the next few years.

This represents an opportunity for each stakeholder to raise food safety and market access issues of concern for them for consideration by SafeFish. Please contact SafeFish by 25th October 2016 to have your say
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20 OCTOBER 2016 - Seafood Trade Matters

Welcome
to the October edition of Seafood Trade Matters, bringing you, Australian Seafood Exporters, the most up to date news about trade issues that matter to your business. 

 

Demystifying China's Food Labelling Requirements

To assist Australian Seafood Exporters to understand the Food Labelling requirements in China we have produced a report to clarify the major standards implemented  by the National Health and Family Planning Commission of PRC, primary information about Food Labelling Standards form the “National Food Standard - General Rules for Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods”, the Nutritional information you are required to present and and to clarify the AQSIQ Regulations...

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SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade.  It does this by bringing together experts in food safety and hygiene to work with the industry and regulators to agree and prioritise technical issues impacting on free and fair market access for Australian seafood.

SafeFish Update – October 2016
 
SafeFish communication survey
SafeFish is operating under a new business model, with combined industry and FRDC funding. As part of this process we have developed a new charter and are in the process of developing a new communications strategy. We are keen to ensure our stakeholders are happy with the way we are communicating, and to allow them to have a say in how communication works into the future. If you would like to have input, the survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XFSCBYC. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete.
 
SafeFish prioritisation round
SafeFish is conducting a new prioritisation round when we scan seafood illnesses, trade recalls, Australian outbreak data, industry and other sources of information for current and emerging food safety and trade and market access issues. Over forty issues have been identified, ranging from Chinese regulations not allowing the use of sulphites in canned abalone and off-label chemical use in seafood production. The issues will be ranked on the 25th October by SafeFish partners, and the resulting list provided to funders and researchers. It will also be used to set the SafeFish work agenda for the next few years. You can have your say by emailing Alison.turnbull@sa.gov.au.
 
SafeFish partners meeting in Brisbane
The last partners meeting was conducted in Brisbane on the 12th July 2016, followed by an industry engagement session. SafeFish rotates meetings around the country and will be offering further opportunities for seafood stakeholders to engage with the partners and have their concerns heard.
 
Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Programs Biennial Conference
SafeFish is organising the biennial Australian shellfish QA conference in Sydney on the 3rd November 2016 in conjunction with the Sydney Fish Markets and the University of Technology Sydney. The conference includes tours of biotoxin analytical facilities and presentations from researchers and regulators on current issues in shellfish food safety and market access. Registration is free, if you would like to attend please contact alison.turnbull@sa.gov.au The conference will be followed by the annual Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Advisory Committee meeting.

For more information about SafeFish please visit us at www.safefish.com.au 

 

Seafood Trade Advisory Group - Ministerial Meetings - Canberra, September 2016


The STAG was established by Abalone and Rock lobster exporters to give you a unified voice when advocating for trade and market issues in key Asian export markets. The group acts as a conduit between industry and government. 

The Deputy Chair of the STAG, Wayne Haggar, has prepared an update on the recent meetings with Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Trade Tourism and Investment in Canberra. With the new government sworn-in the meetings were arranged to maintain and build on the existing relationship between government and the Seafood Trade Advisory Group (STAG) and in particular responsible Ministers covering seafood and trade.
 
The Agenda was to update both Ministers on the activities of the Seafood Trade Advisory, along with issues currently before STAG.

Please follow this link for meeting notes and outcomes
 

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