Australian Herb and Spice Industry Association informative seminar

The Australian Herb and Spice Industry Association Ltd (AHSIA) will hold an informative seminar on the application of national and international standards and regulation impacting on the herb and spice industry.  The seminar will be held at The Brassey of Canberra on Wednesday 10 October 2012.

AHSIA President Robert Hayes says the seminar will explore: Import and Export issues; International Codex Alimentarius Commission (CODEX) Standards; the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code; Control of Use & Agvet Chemicals; Voluntary Industry Codes of Conduct, Mandating of Standards and Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

The seminar will also showcase achievements of some leading Australian herb and spice enterprises, and includes the following panel of informative speakers:

• Robert Hayes, AHSIA President and Director of leading NSW Northern Rivers based glass-house herb producer FreshZest Pty Ltd, will provide an update on minor use permits (MUPs) for the use of agricultural chemicals for herb and spice production;
• Tom Parnell, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Livestock Industries and Agvet Chemicals Branch of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), will provide an update on COAG reform – Control of Use & Agvet Chemicals;
• Ian Hemphill of NSW Central Coast based marketer Herbie’s Spices, will present his insightful experiences with importing and exporting herbs and spices;
• Karen Reynolds, QA & Technical Manager at South East QLD based herb and spice processor Botanical Food Company Pty Ltd, producers of the ‘Gourmet Garden’ brand of herbs & spices, will present the ‘Gourmet Garden’ story, and consumer perceptions of food safety;
• Amanda Hill, Principal Advisor Food Safety and Codex Committee on Food Hygeine Australian Delegation Leader, from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) will explain the significance of CODEX Standards (including proposed changes to the Code of Hygenic Practice for Spices and Dried Aromatic Plants);
• Richard Weksler, Assistant Director – Small Business and Fair Trading from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), will explain the application of Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Voluntary Industry Codes of Conduct, Certification Trade Marks and Mandated Standards.

Mr Hayes said the seminar will conclude with a vigorous panel discussion on standards, regulatory requirements and related challenges for the Australian Herb and Spice Industry.

Who should attend?  Herb and spice producers, consolidators, processors, marketers, government regulators, and other industry service providers.

This seminar is being held in conjunction with the Australian Herb and Spice Industry Association’s Annual General Meeting which will follow on at 3.00 pm at the same venue.

When: Wednesday 10 October 2012 – 10.30 to 2.30pm
Where: The Brassey of Canberra – Barton Room 1, situated between Belmore Gardens and Macquarie Streets Barton ACT 2600, phone: 1800 659 191
Cost: $55 per person (including morning tea and lunch)
RSVP: For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance no later than Friday 5 October t:o
MB: 0418 839 836