New Chair Ensuring Meat And Seafood Safety

Victoria’s meat and seafood safety regulator is in good hands with the Andrews Labor Government’s appointment of a new chair to the industry’s regulatory body as of today.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced Alison Stone will take on the position of PrimeSafe Chair.

PrimeSafe regulates the red meat, poultry, seafood and pet food industries, with the objective of ensuring safe, wholesome meat, poultry and seafood for all Victorians.

Ms Stone will bring extensive experience spanning government, industry and the community to the role, with skills in stakeholder management, governance and regulator performance. She also owns a farm, running sheep in the Otways.

As Ms Stone takes the reins from today, outgoing chair Candy Broad steps down after making a significant contribution during her tenure.

Under Ms Broad’s leadership, PrimeSafe has played a key role in assuring market and consumer confidence in our high-quality products. Notably, there have been no major food safety incidents associated with the industry over this time, which has been critical to the ongoing success of the industry.

For more information about Primesafe, visit www.primesafe.vic.gov.au/

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes

“Victoria makes up more than 20 per cent of the nation’s meat exports and about 16 per cent of seafood exports –it’s crucial we’re ensuring that food is safe for us here in Victoria as well as for our export markets.”

“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.”

“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.”