Safe Food Production Queensland (SFPQ) is a statutory body that was established under the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000, reporting to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
SFPQ works to:
- ensure that Queensland’s food production systems meet national food safety standards; and
- ensure that consumers have confidence in the food produced in this State.
In practice, this means introducing industry-based food safety programs that cover the span of primary produce processed in Queensland.
Each state and territory of Australia has adopted a different approach to ensuring consistent food safety outcomes. Queensland has adopted a ‘virtual food safety agency’ approach, whereby three government agencies work together to regulate food safety (SFPQ, QH and DAFF).
The goals of this multi-agency approach are to:
- explain in simple terms Queensland's food safety regulation model
- improve collaboration between regulatory partners
- introduce practical reforms; and
- reduce any potential overlap of agency efforts to improve the delivery of minimal, yet effective regulation.
To this end, SFPQ is charged with the day-to-day regulation of primary production and processing, focussing on the food safety management of meat, eggs, dairy and seafood. It also provides a framework to address emerging issues that may impact on food safety.