The 2022 Fresh Produce Safety Conference is now only three days away! Today is the last day to register and secure your spot at this year’s conference. Registrations are available for in-person or online attendance until midnight tonight!

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre is pleased to announce the four workshops to be held as part of the 2022 Fresh Produce Safety Conference. The workshops will be available to all ticketholders who have registered to the conference and will be held online weekly on Thursdays in the four weeks following conference day on 18 August 2022.

The workshops are designed as a weekly series of interactive skills sessions, each addressing a different topic within the field of fresh produce safety. With exciting workshop facilitators, the virtual workshops promise to be an engaging and informative experience hosted by industry experts.

Attendees who register for the conference will receive complimentary registration for the online workshops (details to be shared post-conference). Additional tickets will also be made available to those only wishing to register for the workshop skills sessions.

Our four skills workshops:

Thursday 18 August, 1-2pm AEST
FPSC Fact Sheets: Food Defence & Foreign object contamination 
with Dr Kim-Yen Phan-thien, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney & Dr Andreas Klieber, Chairman, FPSC 

In light of past intentional contamination events, food defence has become of particular concern for industry and governments. Such incidents can compromise the safety of food and place public health at risk. Along with foreign object contamination, these events can threaten a business’s reputation and viability. Engage with our experts in a discussion about how to manage these important issues in your business.

Thursday 25 August, 1-2pm AEST
Embedding food safety culture to make systems more practical 
with Elizabeth Frankish, Food Safety Consultant & Clare Hamilton-Bate, Director & Lead Consultant, Mallsgate Pty Ltd 

This workshop delves into the issue of food safety culture and how to build this culture within the business to continuously enhance food safety. Practical guidance is provided on what food businesses can do to identify, measure and improve the food safety culture in their business from two speakers with strong credentials in both research and business.

Thursday 1 September, 1-2pm AEST
Guidelines on Exclusion Periods: case studies and explanations 
with Deon Mahoney, Head of Food Safety, IFPA-ANZ & Belinda Hazell, Principal Consultant, Optimum Standard

Fresh Produce Safety Centre Technical Group members will  discuss the recent changes to Section 6.2 Microbial Contamination, Exclusion Periods of the ‘Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety (2019)’. They will address the research background behind the recommended changes to the exclusion periods between application of raw or untreated manure/grazing of animals and harvest.

Thursday 8 September, 1-2pm AEST
Interpreting and responding to Microbiological Test Results 
with Dr Sukhvinder Pal (SP) Singh, Institute Director, NSW Department of Primary Industries & Kashif Ahmed, National Microbiology Manager, Symbio Laboratories 

This practical workshop will have you thinking more about microbiological test results – how to read and interpret them and what to do when the report is not what you were expecting.
Dr Singh is an expert in understanding practical food safety from a business perspective and Kashif Ahmed will help explain the numbers.


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Our speakers include: Brent N. Kaiser, Nora Galway, Craig ShadboltSukhvinder Pal (SP) SinghNicola KingKim LeightonPj CullenRachel KilmisterClaire McClellandSachin AyachitDean ParsonsPatrick UlloaBianca CairnsJessica GrayJoanna Rothwell & Mark Bradbury

The FPSC is delighted to acknowledge the support of the following conference sponsors:

Our conference partners: Hort Innovation and Perfection Fresh Australia
Our conference sponsor: Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer | R&D NSW
Our session sponsors: University of SydneyColes GroupOne Harvest and Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)
Our next generation knowledge sponsor: Fresh Select (Aust) Pty Ltd
Our quick break sponsor: Mérieux NutriSciences
Our exhibitors: FreshTest and NEOGEN Australasia