The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has only ever named a few other countries as having food safety standards comparable to that of the United States; prompting reciprocal food safety agreements. The first time this happened was in 2012 with New Zealand, then again with Canada in 2016. This past April, Australia was also recognized in this way, as the FDA believes the country upholds food safety compliance standards that are comparable to their own. While this is a great recognition for Australia in terms of a positive reputation concerning food safety, there are issues of non-compliance that arise in all the countries mentioned above, including the U.S.; thus, increasing the need for food safety compliance measures that are progressive, simple, and streamlined in a way that eliminates room for error.
Food safety compliance is of the utmost importance as it pertains to public health. Back in 2014, in Australia there was a case of a death due to drinking raw milk that was not pasteurized. This milk was contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
The incident, while tragic, raised a lot of awareness. Australia acted legally against raw milk farmers. Raw milk farmers then needed to find a new way of producing their product, and so cold-pressed raw milk was manufactured and sold in Australia in 2016. The cold-pressing is recognized as a form of pasteurization, and eliminates the danger of harmful bacteria growth. It is now called the safest raw milk to drink in the world.
There was another incident in Australia in 2013 which raised a lot of attention concerning a Salmonella outbreak from raw egg mayonnaise that caused 160 people to become ill. This turned into a court trail that took place in 2016. The restaurant owners from the source of the outbreak took raw eggs off their menu, paid damages to those who were affected, and closed their business as a result of the food safety compliance error.
While Australia revamped their food code in 2015, it hasn’t and it will be difficult to eliminate every case of negligence in following food safety standards. Salmonella is the bacteria that has affected food safety in Australia the most. While all other food-born illnesses have dropped in the country over the past few years, Salmonella has been on the rise since 2012. This is all the more reason to boost food safety compliance efforts for those who work in the food industry in any way. A Salmonella outbreak occurred in 2015 from cross-contaminated utensils in a kitchen.
These days food safety compliance is mandatory and using technology not just in conducting audits but for testing and inspection is a simple way to manage your compliance especially in food safety. If you work in the food safety industry you owe it to yourself, your company, industry, and customers to streamline your food safety compliance.
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