Latest food recalls show need for better importing rules

Published 22 August 2018

Peter McRae is an importing and exporting industry specialist working with Platinum Freight Management. He’s written this opinion piece for Australian Food News in response to recent listeria threats in Australian supermarkets. He explains food importing rules and where they could be improved to work better in the global marketplace of the future.

THIS month Australian supermarkets recalled several brands of frozen vegetables imported from Europe due to a risk that they may contain the Listeria bacteria. The same products were linked to nine deaths in Europe. Then again this month fish portions from China were recalled due to metal contamination.

The time has come to think more carefully about food standards and how to keep Australians safe in a global market.

Food recall stories challenge what we know about food importing, what Food Safety Standards are and how they are policed.

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