Failure to deal quickly and effectively with a food safety incident may result in costly trade disruption and threaten the commercial viability of seafood suppliers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and food service providers.
The Seafood Emergency Plan was developed through Seafood Services Australia to provide a proactive and simple step-by-step response and recovery guide, should an emergency occur.
Queensland has participated in the initial stages of the SSA national plan and is keen to ensure the framework is established in this state.
A National Seafood Emergency Plan was produced in 2001 and the individual States (apart from South Australia) have not tested their capability to handle an emergency that could jeopardise the future of the seafood industry.
There is a commitment from Industry leaders throughout Australia to develop and test a plan that could minimise the damage to industry that would arise from a major food safety incident involving Australian seafood.