Fresh Plaza: In light of a number of recent processed food safety scares, a North Coast macadamia processor has invested heavily in steam-pasturisation prior to packaging, a world first. Macadamia Processing Company (MPC), a 100 per cent grower owned co-operative at Alphadale, has spent $1.7m on the wet steam plant which will be used this coming harvest season for the first time.

The macadamia market is not immune from health scares, with 16 products recalled in the US last year and another four during January and February – although none of those involved MPC, which processes 25 per cent of Australia’s macadamia crop.

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