Meat hygiene code under discussion

by Editor
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The implementation of a new international code of practice for meat hygiene was top of the list at a meeting of food safety experts from around the world recently.

The leading international food safety experts from the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), Australia, Canada and the United States met in Paihia, New Zealand to discuss the best ways to provide safe and suitable food for consumers. The four countries, all members of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, make up the Quadrilateral Group set up in 1992 to collaborate on food safety issues and initiatives.

Sixty-five representatives joined up with additional experts participating in sessions via video and audio conferencing and placed the implementation of a Code of Practice (COP) on Meat Hygiene high on the list of discussion points.

According to NZFSA executive director Andrew McKenzie New Zealand – as a major meat exporter - was involved in the development of this COP, as were the other QUAD members. This meeting offers the chance to review the implementation phase, share our experiences and discuss and resolve issues.

Delegates also considered dairy product risk assessment and management issues, nutrition and labelling and equivalence in international food safety systems, as well as updates on national developments within each country.