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Australian & New Zealand food safety, traceability and technology blog by PMA Technology Manager Richard Bennett


Registrations Now Open for the 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference

We’re back! Future Directions for Produce Safety is this year’s theme for the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand’s annual conference. With an eye on the horizon, a highly experienced and broad cohort of industry professionals are gathering to present, analyse and discuss the key issues facing the safe production of fresh produce, now and into the future.
Join us on 18 August for a day of learning and sharing to advance fresh produce food safety in our region. The 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference is presented over one day as a live broadcast via an online production.
Click here for Conference details

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Industry-research partnerships are critical for advancing produce safety

Guest industry blog: Ilango Surendran, Regional Manager, iFoodDS
Food safety is a never-ending journey.  It is about constantly striving to improve and learn more about better methods and systems.  Among the keys to continual learning are research and studies specific to produce that identify risks as well as mitigation steps.
In the United States, the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) was established in 2007 to provide funding for targeted research, which has yielded scientific advancements in pathogen prevention and positively influenced food safety metrics and practices globally. While much is known about pathogen prevention, refinement in our practices and metrics are necessary and best achieved through research and studies.
The CPS mission is simple:  Fund the science, find solutions and fuel the change.  CPS is largely funded by produce trade associations, retail and foodservice companies, food technology companies and farmers, packers and processors of fresh produce.  Many of the companies that fund CPS have global operations and apply the research findings to fuel food safety improvements across their operations or on behalf of their customers and clients.
iFoodDS, a leader in food safety, traceability and quality solutions for the produce supply chain, is committed to helping advance continuous food safety improvements in the produce industry. As such, iFoodDS supports the critical work of CPS as well as the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC).
Supporting CPS and FPSC is a natural fit for iFoodDS, and complements its mission to deliver solutions that help supply chain participants provide high-quality, wholesome produce to consumers.
How can the produce industry in Australia and New Zealand benefit from the work of CPS? CPS transparently provides all study findings via its website and research symposiums so the information is available and accessible to the entire produce industry.  It is important for food safety professionals to review and understand these research findings, determine which studies could be applicable to your operations and find methods to apply the relevant studies to advance continuous improvement within your companies.
The FPSC also plays an important role in highlighting and translating this work for Australian and New Zealand audiences. While there are geographic, climatic and production differences that must be recognized with this U.S.-based research organisation, similarities also exist which provide for global learning opportunities.
Ironically, the pandemic has made the CPS annual research symposium more accessible than ever since it was offered virtually in 2020 and those sessions are now available online.  The 2021 CPS research symposium will also be virtual and take place over five weeks in June and July. It’s important to look toward all opportunities that can enhance and improve produce safety.  There are numerous resources available but the produce-only focus of CPS is unique and the results and findings should be monitored, assessed and applied as part of our industry’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.
To learn more about iFoodDS, visit www.iFoodDS.com
To learn more about the CPS visit www.centerforproducesafety.org

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The May 2021 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

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We’re hiring!

We’re hiring! We need an events organiser two days a week for the next three months.
The FPSC is looking for a super-organised, speedy, tech-savvy events genius to assist us with upcoming events, both online and face-to-face. Sound like you? Apply by 17 May.
Position description is here.
Any enquires by email to info@fpsc-anz.com

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The April 2021 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The March 2021 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The February 2021 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The December 2020 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

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Fresh Produce Safety Centre announces two new FPSC Directors

The Board of Directors of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC) today announced the appointment of two new Directors, confirmed at its AGM held on 25 November 2020.
The Chairman of the FPSC, Mr. Michael Worthington, said: “From a strong field of applicants, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Andreas Klieber (Managing Director of Quality Associates) and Deon Mahoney (Head of Food Safety at PMA Australia-New Zealand) to the Board.  Their extensive experience and skillsets will fit in extremely well with the existing Board members as we continue FPSC’s important role in further enhancing food safety in the fresh produce sectors in Australia and New Zealand.”
Dr. Andreas Klieber
Deon Mahoney
The Board thanked the applicants for the two Board vacancies and the outgoing FPSC Directors, Darren Keating and Dr. Anthony Kachenko.
Mr. Keating was replaced by Mr. Mahoney as the director representing PMA and Dr. Kachenko retired by rotation and elected not to re-stand due to other commitments.
Chairman, Mr. Worthington, said: “We thank both Darren and Anthony for their significant contributions over recent years to the FPSC and their involvement in the reset of FPSC’s strategy in 2019.”

Further information about the Board of the FPSC A&NZ: https://fpsc-anz.com/about/our-board/

 

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The November 2020 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

Click here to view the latest newsletter.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

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