SafeFish

SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade.

SafeFish is primarily funded by the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC) and is the leading platform in their program for dealing with food safety and trade and market access issues affecting Australian seafood.

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Technical Program and Current Issues

The technical program is underpinned by a strategy to identify current and emerging food safety and market access issues, prioritise these issues, and undertake technical work to provide potential solutions to overcome those of highest priority. This is known as the SafeFish prioritisation process, and is used as a robust method of determining the work program.

2016

Hazard Identification Process - 2016

 

The following issues were identified for progression of technical work through the 2016-17 SafeFish work program:

      - Sulphites in canned abalone

      - Food fraud and authenticity in seafood

      - Validation of rapid test kits for biotoxin testing 

2014

Hazard Identification Process - 2014

 

The following issues were identified for progression of technical work through the 2014-15 SafeFish work program:

      - Screening test kits for marine biotoxins

      - Histamine uncertainty factors in seafood

      - Sulphites in canned abalone

      - Mercury in seafood

      - Arsenic in seafood

2011

Hazard Identification Process – 2011

 

The following issues were identified for progression of technical work through the 2012-13 SafeFish work program:

     - Ciguatera in tropical fish 

     - Parasites in Seafood

     - Norovirus trade issues

     - Monitoring indicators of faecal pollution in bivalves

     - Vibrios in Australian bivalves

Report an Issue

If you are aware of technical impediments to trade or food safety issues that you would like SafeFish to consider working on, please complete the following form.

Technical Reports

SafeFish produces technical reports to overcome issues of public health and market access significance for the Australian Seafood sectors.

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September 2018

About

SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade.

January 2019

Technical Program

The technical program is underpinned by a strategy to identify current and emerging food safety and market access issues, prioritise these issues, and undertake technical work to provide potential solutions to overcome those of highest priority.

June 2018

Contact

Safefish contact details

August 2017

Codex

The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade (Codex).

January 2019

Technical Program

The technical program is underpinned by a strategy to identify current and emerging food safety and market access issues, prioritise these issues, and undertake technical work to provide potential solutions to overcome those of highest priority.

January 2019

Current Issues Relevant to the Australian Seafood Industry

The Codex Alimentarius Commission develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade (Codex).

January 2019

Media Centre

Safefish media and resources, and upcoming events and meetings

January 2019

FRDC FISH Magazine Articles

Safefish magazine digital copies

MAY 2017

CCCF

The Codex Committee on Food Additives is a General Subject Committee that develops policies on permitted maximum levels for individual food additives.

MAY 2017

CCFH

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene is a General Subject Committee that develops policies on food hygiene issues that are applicable to all food types.

MAY 2017

CCRVDF

The Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods is a General Subject Committee that determines priorities for the consideration of residues of veterinary drugs in foods.

Latest Content

The latest collection of SafeFish technical reports, communication outputs, news and articles can be found here.

MARCH 2019
Science Day

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Science Day

An Australian workshop will be held in Brisbane to investigate Ciguatera Fish poisoning with invited international experts to link researchers, regulators, food authorities, health departments and fisheries. For more information, click here.

JANUARY 2019
Grant Funding

Grant Funding to attend World Seafood Congress

Applications are open for the 2019 Peter Howgate Award. This award will fund a young fish technologist to attend the IAFI World Seafood Congress in Malaysia from the 9-11th September 2019. For more info, please click here.

JANUARY 2019
Meeting

SafeFish Partners Meeting

The next SafeFish meeting will be held in Canberra in March 2019. All interested SafeFish stakeholders are invited to attend the meeting, to register your interest please contact the SafeFish secretariat. 

DECEMBER 2018
Annual Report

SafeFish Annual Report 2017-2018

The 2017-18 SafeFish Annual report is now available. Please click here to access the report. 

SEPTEMBER 2018
News Article

Protecting Australia's Safe Seafood Brand - FRDC Fish Magazine Article

A SafeFish review on the different traceability and food authenticity tools that are available to the seafood industry can be found in the September 2018 edition of the FRDC Fish Magazine (FISH Vol 26-4). To read this article, please click here.

AUGUST 2018
Meeting/Conference

World Seafood Congress 2019

The World Seafood Congress meeting has been set for  9-11th September 2019 in Penang Malaysia. The conference will have a primary focus around how fish technology is put into practice.

JULY 2018
Article

SIA Responds to 60 Minutes Episode - The Cruel Sea

In the wake of 60 Minutes Australia’s episode The Cruel Sea, Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), has paid tribute to the brave men and women who have lost their lives at sea. Click here.

JULY 2018
Article

Seafood New Zealand Article - Research Leads to Safer Seafood

The June edition of the Seafood New Zealand magazine contains an article that details the common research around food safety in Seafood in Australia and New Zealand. To view this article, click here.

Meetings & Events

9
SEP
2019
9-11th September 2019
World Seafood Congress 2019
19
JUN
2019
19/06 - 21/06
Chennai, India
27
MAR
2019
Queensland Forensic and Scientific Services
27th March 2019
12
MAR
2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
Department of Agriculture, and Water Resources, Canberra
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