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Foods 2017, 6(7), 52; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods6070052

An Overview of Seafood Supply, Food Safety and Regulation in New South Wales, Australia

NSW Food Authority, Department of Primary Industries, Newington, NSW 2127, Australia
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Received: 13 June 2017 / Revised: 6 July 2017 / Accepted: 14 July 2017 / Published: 19 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Seafood Products: Safety and Quality)
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Seafood consumption is increasing in Australia, especially in New South Wales (NSW). Average per capita seafood consumption in NSW is higher than the national average. Seafood supply in NSW comes from domestic (wild catch and aquaculture) and overseas (seafood imports) sources. The contribution of wild catch and aquaculture in domestic seafood production (2012–2013) was 73.42% and 26.52%, respectively. Seafood-associated foodborne illness outbreaks are not common and on an average four outbreaks occur each year in NSW. Most of the outbreaks in 2015 and 2016 were related to ciguatera poisoning. The regulation of the seafood industry and the management of food safety is an example of the coordinated work of multiple government agencies and organizations in which NSW Food Authority is responsible for managing the overall risks through the Seafood Safety Scheme. Overall, seafood supply in NSW is of high quality and poses low food safety risk to consumers. View Full-Text
Keywords: seafood; sources; wild catch; food safety; foodborne outbreaks; NSW food authority seafood; sources; wild catch; food safety; foodborne outbreaks; NSW food authority
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Hussain, M.A.; Saputra, T.; Szabo, E.A.; Nelan, B. An Overview of Seafood Supply, Food Safety and Regulation in New South Wales, Australia. Foods 2017, 6, 52.

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