In April 2017 the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Ministerial Forum) agreed the food regulation system is producing strong food safety outcomes overall, and identified three priority areas for 2017–2021 to further strengthen the system.
One of these priorities is to reduce foodborne illness, particularly related to Campylobacter and Salmonella, with a nationally-consistent approach. Ministers requested the development of an Australian strategy, noting New Zealand has an existing Campylobacter strategy.
This strategy is to be developed in collaboration with industry, includes improved transparency through monitoring across the food chain, be based on contemporary evidence, and engages the community. This consultation document has been developed by the Food Regulation Standing Committee to facilitate the collaborative development of the strategy.
Foodborne illness management currently occurs at an individual jurisdictional and business level. A nationally-consistent approach is required to effectively reduce foodborne illness. Success requires a concerted effort, collaboration and partnerships across the food supply chain.
In November 2017 the Ministerial Forum gave in-principle support for the framework that outlines the vision, approach and objective for Australia’s Foodborne Illness Reduction Strategy for reducing foodborne illness in Australia.