JAS-ANZ, the New Zealand and Australian Accreditation Body, supports PrimeSafe the regulatory authority for the safety of meat, seafood and pet food. A Food Safety Management Scheme (FSMS) supports PrimeSafe in it’s management of establishments’ compliance to the Victorian Meat Industry Act 1993, the Victorian Meat Industry Regulations 2015, the Seafood Safety Act 2003, and the Seafood Safety Regulations 2014 through accrediting conformity assessment bodies that audit the compliance of meat establishments to the prescribed standards.
The benefits to PrimeSafe from this arrangement are:
- Allows PrimeSafe to set overall policy requirements or detailed technical requirements yet rely on the CABs to evaluate compliance;
- Concentration of valuable resources on policy and scheme management issues;
- Reduced personnel costs related to audit activities by removing the need for PrimeSafe to employ and train its own audit personnel; and
- The elimination of duplicate audits, as the CAB can also audit against customer requirements in an integrated audit.
Further information is available on the PrimeSafe website.