New Chair to safeguard meat and seafood in Victoria

Tuesday, 08 October, 2019

New Chair to safeguard meat and seafood in Victoria

The Andrews Labour Government has appointed a new chair to the industry’s meat and seafood regulatory body. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes announced that Alison Stone will assume the position of PrimeSafe Chair.

PrimeSafe regulates the red meat, poultry, seafood and pet food industries, and aims to ensure safe, wholesome meat, poultry and seafood for all Victorians.

Stone has skills in stakeholder management, governance and regulator performance, and owns a farm, running sheep in the Otways.

“I look forward to working with Alison Stone, who will be invaluable in her new role — bringing substantial knowledge of government and a wealth of stakeholder management experience to the table,” Symes said.

Outgoing Chair Candy Broad steps down after a significant contribution during her tenure, during which PrimeSafe played a key role in assuring market and consumer confidence in high-quality products.

“My thanks goes out to Candy Broad for her commitment and dedication to leading PrimeSafe and ensuring the safety of Victorian meat and seafood has been paramount over the last three and a half years,” Symes said.

There have been no major food safety incidents associated with the industry over this time, which has led to the ongoing success of the industry. Victoria makes up over 20% of the country’s meat exports and 16% of seafood exports; ensuring the safety of food in Victoria is vital for consumers, and for export markets.

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