A code of practice is being drawn up for table olives to guarantee the authenticity and quality of Australian table olives and distinguish them from imported products.
The AOA Table Olive Subcommittee has been working with Food Standards Australia & New Zealand (FSANZ) to draft the code specifically for table olives. This code will adopt the International Standard for Table Olives from the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
It will also establish Australian standards for the industry to ensure food safety and high quality.
Jim Smyth from the AOA Table Olive Subcommittee said it is important to establish Australian standards for table olives to help the industry compete with imports.
“In Australia, the quality of table olives being produced is as good if not better than the olives being imported. Although, because it is a relatively small industry made up of mostly boutique growers, it is limited greatly by the costs of harvesting,” said Smyth.
The table olive Code of Practice will include industry standards for production that will cover planting, growing, harvesting, transport, processing, packing and storage.
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