Strawberry tampering investigation report released

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released its report on the strawberry tampering incident, with key recommendations focusing on the need for improved communication during incidents, particularly those involving criminal matters.

“The Government has already acted in response to this incident by strengthening penalties for intentional contamination of food, and helping FSANZ progress their review into high-risk horticulture sectors,” Mark Booth, CEO of FSANZ said.

“The report’s recommendations, once implemented, will help ensure an improved response to any future incidents. These improvements will support our growers and ensure Australians can continue to trust in our effective and responsive food safety system.”

Mr Booth said several recommendations focused on improved communication in incidents involving criminal investigations, as well as a review of existing food incident protocols.

“I’d like to thank all of the stakeholders who contributed to the development of this report,” he said.

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The report can be found at:

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/publications/Pages/Strawberry-tampering-…

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