Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program
The ASQAP is a cooperative food safety program adopted by each shellfish producing state and territory of Australia. It is overseen by the Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Advisory Committee (ASQAAC), which consists of representatives from Food Safety Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), State Government Departments responsible for shellfish safety and Industry representatives from each state.
The ASQAP is modelled on the internationally accepted United States National Shellfish Sanitation Program. The fundamental premise is that harvesting should only occur from growing areas shown to be free from harmful contaminants and pathogenic micro-organisms. Each growing area must undergo a full and comprehensive sanitary survey, with appropriate classifications and management strategies determined before harvesting is permitted.
All the requirements for completing and maintaining sanitary surveys, and the ongoing management of growing areas are laid out in the ASQAP Manual of Operations:
ASQAP Manual of Operations
Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code 4.2.1 - Primary Production and Processing Standard for Seafood