The Tasmanian government is boosting primary produce traceability systems to help uphold the state’s reputation for producing safe, high quality agricultural products and food for both the domestic and export markets.
Good traceability systems also protect food producers from counterfeiting and underpin customer and consumer confidence, by ensuring the integrity and safety of the produce.
The Tasmanian government has also released a consultation paper for the development of a Primary Produce Traceability Strategy, to support Tasmanian producers and their products.
This is a five-year strategy that is intended to align with existing Brand Tasmania programs. It will benefit Tasmanian businesses through ensuring their agricultural products are safe and attractive to all markets.
Feedback from all stakeholders is essential to the successful development of a draft Strategy, which will be released later this year for full public consultation.
The Tasmanian government are also delivering this election commitment through the recruitment of a senior policy and program officer. This officer will assist in the development of Tasmania’s primary produce traceability systems.
Working closely with Biosecurity Tasmania, the position has been designed to assist with critical projects, including:
- Development of Tasmania’s primary produce traceability strategy
- Enhancement of livestock traceability, to protect Tasmanian producer markets and the integrity of Tasmanian produce
- Implementation of the requirements of the National Traceability Framework, to capture all primary produce including plants, plant products and seafood.
More information on the Primary Produce Traceability Strategy can be found here.
Applications for the new traceability position will close on 30 August. For more information on this role, click here.