27 June 2018

WA Foodborne illness reduction strategy 2018-2021+

The Department of Health has developed the Western Australian Foodborne Illness Reduction Strategy 2018-2021+ (the Strategy) (PDF 95KB). The Strategy is a collaborative partnership with input from the state and local government agencies, industry stakeholders and producers and researchers.

The aim of the Strategy is to “implement a coordinated approach across the WA food supply chain from paddock to plate; to control foodborne pathogens and reduce the level of foodborne illness”. It has been developed in response to high rates of foodborne illness, to reduce the number of cases in WA. The Strategy will align with national-level food industry strategies, and will focus on:

  • research;
  • cross industry collaboration and partnerships;
  • communication of shared responsibility across the food industry;
  • primary production, food service and retail monitoring and surveying; and
  • consumer awareness.

Targeted implementation plans will be developed based on food-health risks associated with foodborne illness, including for Campylobacteriosis and Salmonellosis. The first implementation plan will focus on reducing Salmonellosis. Priorities to reduce Salmonellosis (PDF 904KB) have been developed, detailing seven priority areas for the reduction of Salmonellosis with an aim to reduce the rate of human cases by 30%.

The strategy will be regularly reviewed in consultation with stakeholders, with a mid-term review in 2019 and a full evaluation following completion of the Strategy.