US FDA and Australia sign food safety recognition agreement


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have signed an agreement to enable Australian exporters to become preferred food product suppliers to the US.

The government anticipates that the bilateral food safety recognition agreement would strengthen Australian exports.

Australia Department of Agriculture and Water Resources exports head Greg Read said that the agreement was the third one undertaken by the US with a trading partner.

It will also allow the two countries to recognise one another’s food safety and regulatory systems.

“Just as Australia does, the US continues to regulate foods such as meat, egg products, shellfish and dietary supplements and more stringent requirements continue to apply.”

Read said: “The upshot is that this will greatly simplify Australian exports to the US through greater reliance on our national food control systems that ensure the production of safe food.

“This is good for our businesses, as it positions Australia as a safe source of food supply for the US market that will place our exporters in a position of benefit compared with other exporting countries that don’t have this agreement.”

The agreement covers only products such as canned foods, seafood, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, confectionery and baked goods.

Read added: “Just as Australia does, the US continues to regulate foods such as meat, egg products, shellfish and dietary supplements and more stringent requirements continue to apply.”


Image: The agreement covers products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, confectionery and baked goods. Photo: courtesy of stockimages via freedigitalphotos.net.