Queensland Country Life: Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Anne Ruston will officially open the Produce Marketing Association Australia New Zealand’s (PMA A-NZ) Fresh Connections conference in Brisbane next week. Senator Ruston will use her opening on the main conference day (Tuesday) to announce the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS).

Regarded as a global first, the scheme involves Australia’s five largest grocery retailers Aldi, Coles, Costco, Metcash (IGA) and Woolworths agreeing to one single standard for food safety in fresh produce. Growers are said to benefit by having a single system to maintain and audit. The scheme is expected to provide lower costs of doing business, greater efficiencies in quality assurance and improved food safety outcomes across the entire fresh produce supply chain.

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