Day: January 21, 2015

Fresh Produce Safety Centre releases RFP for Understanding the Gaps Literature Review Project

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Understanding the Gaps: a Food Safety Literature Review.
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre is seeking a provider to review the contemporary literature surrounding microbial contamination of fresh produce and the interaction of sanitisers with fungicides when used postharvest.
This review will provide the fresh produce industry in Australia and New Zealand with information to improve food safety best practice and reduce the opportunity for foodborne illness.
The Understanding the Gaps project has been generously supported by Pipfruit NZ and the NSW Food Authority (Full Research Partners) plus Fresh Select and GSF Australasia/Snap Fresh Foods (Associate Research Partners).
The Understanding the Gaps report will be released mid-year.

 
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s supporters are:
Platinum supporters: Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd | PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited | University of Sydney | Woolworths Ltd
Silver supporters: Freshcare Limited | Harris Farm Markets Pty Ltd | Horticulture New Zealand | Perfection Fresh Australia Pty Ltd | Primo Moraitis Fresh Pty Limited
Bronze supporters: Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) | Chamber of Fruit & Vegetable Industries in Western Australia (Inc) | GS1 Australia Ltd | Kalfresh Pty Ltd | Living Foods NZ | MG Marketing Limited and LaManna Limited | Mulgowie Farming Company | OneHarvest Pty Ltd | Premier Fruits Group Pty Ltd | Sci Qual International Pty Ltd | TQA Australia


Establishment of the FPSC has been funded by a Horticulture Innovation Australia project using voluntary contributions from industry and matched funds from the Australian Government.

For further information please contact FPSC Executive Director Emma Walters on +61 02 8627 1058 or Chair Michael Worthington, CEO, PMA Australia-New Zealand, on +61 03 8844 5536.

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Day: January 21, 2015

HK: Why Chinese food safety is so bad

Almost half of Chinese food-processing plants fail to meet internationally acceptable standards, new figures suggest.
AsiaInspection’s vice president Mathieu Labasse said the extremely fragmented nature of China’s food chain — the country has 500,000 food production and processing companies, 70% of which have fewer than 10 employees — made it very difficult for authorities to control and foreign buyers to understand.
Click here to read the full article at CNN International.

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Day: January 21, 2015

NZ: Fruit producers to face higher fees

Farmers, fruit-growers and other food producers could feel a pinch, with the government looking to hike its fees for biosecurity and food safety services.
The Ministry for Primary Industries is consulting on a plan to recover an extra 12.8 million dollars a year for its pest-prevention and safety systems. Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew says the changes will vary between food sectors.
Click here to read the full article from Newstalk.
Click here to read the media release from the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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