Australian organisation SafeFish is helping the country’s seafood sector maintain and enhance market access for future industry growth.
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation has just invested $855,000 into SafeFish, to help the industry.
SafeFish provides advice to help resolve technical trade impediments, especially in relation to food safety and hygiene.
The project, led by South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) member Alison Turnbull, aims to deliver robust food safety research and advice to industry and regulators and to maintain and enhance capabilities to provide that research and advice in a cost effective, efficient and timely manner.
This collaborative approach between industry, government and researchers allows for improved efficiencies to current and emerging issues within the seafood industry.
Past project successes include the implementation of rapid test kits for marine biotoxins in the shellfish industry, practical technical reports and workshops on safely extending seafood shelf-life, technical advice during seafood incidents and factsheets on food safety hazards in seafood, research to underpin appropriate food safety standards and risk management policy and technical representation at Codex – the international food standards organisation.
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation through investing in knowledge, innovation, and marketing aims to increase economic, social and environmental benefits for Australian fishing and aquaculture, and the wider community.
The corporation is a co-funded partnership between its two stakeholders, the Australian government and the fishing and aquaculture sectors.
SafeFish was developed by the SARDI with funding from the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Council in 2010.