Case Studies

HACCP: maintaining Pacific trade through remote audit and certification

14 Dec 2021

To trade successfully in agricultural and horticultural export markets, there is increasing pressure on exporters to comply with food safety and quality standards that can be independently verified by a third party. This may be a regulatory requirement for market access and/or an opportunity to capture a market that offers a premium price for high-quality produce. A food safety management system based on HACCP principles is a systematic approach to identifying and controlling hazards whether microbiological, chemical, or physical, that could pose a threat to the production of safe food. It involves identifying what could go wrong in a food system and planning how to prevent it. HACCP certification is increasingly preferred by customers and, whilst a company may have an excellent HACCP plan, going through the process of certification ensures that this plan is independently verified to meet all relevant compliance standards.

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African Swine Fever in PNG

14 Dec 2021

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs. The disease is not harmful to humans, but it has a 95-100% case fatality rate in pigs. It is transboundary and can spread through live or dead pigs and pork products. It can also spread through contaminated feed and on shoes, clothes, vehicles, food scraps, knives, and other equipment. The experience of China, which has lost 50% of its national herd since the first case was detected in 2018, is illustrative of the potential impact of the disease.  On March 26, 2020, as most of the world was responding to COVID-19, the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) laboratory at CSIRO1, confirmed cases of ASF in the Mendi-Munihu District of Southern Highlands Province in PNG. With an estimated 20,000 pigs infected, this significant outbreak was a cause of national concern, with an earlier PHAMA Plus study indicating that an uncontrolled ASF outbreak could reduce the pig population in PNG by up to 90% and put the livelihoods of 340,000 households at risk. (Young, D., 2020). A rapid and effective response was essential.

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