The Australian Herb and Spice Industry Association (AHSIA) is pleased to invite all interested participants to a seminar on the application of national and international standards and regulation impacting on the herb and spice industry in areas including: 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, Certification Trade Marks, Mandating of Standards and Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
When: Wednesday 10 October, 2012, registration and morning tea from 10.00 am for a 10.30 am start and concluding at 2.30 pm.
Where: The Brassey of Canberra – Barton Room 1, situated between Belmore Gardens and Macquarie Streets Barton ACT 2600, phone: 1800 659 191
Seminar Cost: $55 per person (including morning tea and lunch) – registration form attached.
(Payment options – pre-payment by EFT, credit card, or on the day – cash or cheque.)
RSVP: For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance no later than Friday 5th October to email: [email protected] or Mobile: 0418 839 836
Who should attend? Herb and spice producers, consolidators, processors, marketers, government regulators, and other industry service providers.
Attached: Seminar program details, speaker profiles and registration / payment form:
10.00 am – 10.30 am – Registration / morning tea on arrival in Barton Room 1.
10.30 am (sharp) – Welcome, introductions, and update on herb and spice Minor Use Permits (MUPs) by Robert Hayes, President of the Australian Herb and Spice Industry Association Ltd (AHSIA), and partner in NSW Northern Rivers herb producer FreshZest Pty Ltd.
10.50 am – Update on COAG reform – Control of Use & Agvet Chemicals by Tom Parnell, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Livestock Industries and Agvet Chemicals Branch, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).
11.10 am – Experiences with importing and exporting herbs and spices by Ian Hemphill of NSW Central Coast based marketer Herbie’s Spices.
11.30 pm – The Gourmet Garden Story, and consumer perceptions of food safety by 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.
12.00 noon – Light lunch served in the restaurant.
12.40 pm – CODEX Standards (including proposed changes to the Code of Hygenic Practice for Spices and Dried Aromatic Plants) by Amanda Hill, Principal Advisor Food Safety and Codex Committee on Food Hygeine Australian Delegation Leader, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)
1.00 pm – Australian Consumer Law (ACL), Voluntary Industry Codes of Conduct, Certification Trade Marks and Mandated Standards by Richard Weksler, Assistant Director – Small Business and Fair Trading, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
1.20 pm – Panel discussion – moderator Peter McFarlane, Executive Officer of the Australian Herb and Spice Industry Association Ltd (AHSIA).
2.20 pm – Summation.
2.30 pm – Seminar close, followed by afternoon tea.
Don’t miss out on this informative seminar program, which will be followed at 3.00 pm by:
The Australian Herb and Spice Industry Association 2012 AGM
When: Wednesday 10 October, 2012, commencing at 3.00 pm and concluding at 4.30 pm
Where: The Brassey of Canberra, situated between Belmore Gardens and Macquarie Streets Barton ACT 2600, phone: 1800 659 191
AGM Cost: No charge – Seminar participants and non-members most welcome to attend as observers.