What We Do
What is the Fresh Produce Safety Centre A-NZ?
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand brokers connections and collaborations with global leaders in fresh produce to build industry capacity and capability to deliver safer fresh produce to consumers.
Our supporters represent the fresh produce value chain – growers and packing houses, input services, storage and transport, wholesale, retailers and exporters. Our networks exist across government and regulatory bodies, food safety standards and auditing, research and education, equipment and packaging. Our expertise lies in bringing together innovative food safety best practice to create cultural change in food safety.
How was the Centre established?
The Centre was established in 2014 by the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) in partnership with The University of Sydney.
What is the role of the Centre?
In essence, the Centre:
- Identify and broker connections and collaborations that improve food safety knowledge and leads to innovative solutions
- Host food safety events; a networking conference, innovation forum, a series of webinars and small events
- Analyse and translate food safety research outcomes for industry uptake
- Review and update the Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety.
Why do we need a Fresh Produce Safety Centre?
The Centre addresses the need for a dedicated, coordinated approach focused on innovation, knowledge and leadership as we strive towards safer fresh produce in Australia and New Zealand.
Food safety is integral to the Zespri brand promise to consumers—a guarantee of premium, safe, healthy kiwifruit. We are proud to support the Fresh Produce Safety Centre in helping raise food safety standards across the fresh produce industry.
Simon Limmer, COO Zespri International Ltd
Strict adherence to food safety in our business has always been non-negotiable. It is our responsibility to provide safe, quality food for our consumers and by supporting the Fresh Produce Safety Centre it endorses our values and commitment to the industry.
Michael Simonetta, CEO, Perfection Fresh Australia
Harris Farm Markets is proud to support the Fresh Produce Safety Centre because our priority is ensuring the quality and safety of
the fresh produce we sell. It is in the best interests of everyone in the industry that we all care about food safety and do what we can to improve it. This Centre is a significant and critical food safety initiative.
Tristan Harris, Co-CEO, Harris Farm Markets
GS1 Australia is proud to support the newly-established Fresh Produce Safety Centre because delivering safe products at all points along the supply chain, to consumers, is vital to improving food safety and traceability in Australia and New Zealand.