Posts from the "Blog" category

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


Grocery shoppers vote for food safety, by Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett: Australia’s grocery buyers have voted food safety as their top factor likely to influence which supermarket retailer they shop at, but only by a very narrow margin. A 2014 survey by Roy Morgan Research of nearly 16,000 shoppers put food safety just ahead of proximity, value, trading hours, even price.

Read Article →
Take a deep breath and reflect on the hep A saga, suggests Richard Bennett

I’ve given a few presentations over recent years about crisis management, starting with the need to prevent a crisis as much as possible by having the right attitude towards food safety backed up with the necessary systems. I put attitude first for a reason.

The next stage is to be prepared. Despite the best prevention systems and intentions, glitches happen and you might find yourself in need of a plan to manage the unthinkable. Good prevention and preparation will make all the difference to response and recovery. There’s plenty of evidence to show that resilience – the ability to bounce back – is almost directly related to how you respond, which is directly related to what you have done to prevent and prepare.

Read Article →
Outbreaks a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’: the Hep A crisis & tools to minimise risk, by Richard Bennett

Australia’s food safety and quality assurance standards are widely recognised as being world-leading. We are fortunate that not many serious outbreaks have occurred in Australia, however as the frozen berries hepatitis crisis that has been unfolding over the last two weeks has shown, outbreaks of this nature…

Read Article →
You’ll be hearing more about the Global Food Safety Initiative, writes Richard Bennett

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a global food industry initiative to improve food safety for consumers and an opportunity for networking, knowledge exchange and information sharing. All parts of the value chain, from producers to retail, and all the food safety support services, are engaged.

Read Article →
Intentional contamination should come as no surprise, but are you prepared?” asks Richard Bennett

It’s a sad reflection of society that there are people out there who, for reasons best known to themselves, seek to injure consumers and destroy the reputation of supply chain members by intentionally contaminating produce.

Read Article →
Richard Bennett’s recap of 2014 & Top 5 Food Safety, Traceability & Technology Trends for 2015

As this will be the final blog for 2014, it’s worth reflecting on 2014 and having a prediction of what 2015 might bring. At least with the past, we’ve got facts to go on. From a foodborne illness and recall point of view, it’s been the quietest year for quite a few. There have been only nine…
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://ift.tt/1wIu5E8
Image credit: Dafne Chloet / Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Read Article →
The HACCP Mentor Reveals the Top 10 Food Safety Audit Non-Conformances, writes Richard Bennett

Amanda Evans is the HACCP Mentor. After 20 years working in food safety compliance, as a trainer, auditor, author and food business consultant, she’s as qualified as anyone and better qualified than most to speak on food safety audit non-conformance. And that’s what she did well at the 21st Australian…
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://ift.tt/1ygJVZE

Read Article →
Don’t risk it: Risk Ranger and other risk assessment tools, writes Richard Bennett

Undertaking an assessment of each significant hazard posed by inputs and processes is fundamental to effective management of food safety in any business. Overlooking the potential impact of a hazard can lead to disaster, and it’s fair to say that many of the major and minor cases of foodborne illness and…
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://ift.tt/1yV0MOk

Read Article →
“A timely reminder on temperature management” writes Richard Bennett

November 9-16 is Food Safety Week in Australia. This year’s theme is “Avoid the Temperature Danger Zone – keeping hot food hot and cold food cold”. In fresh produce, our first thought about temperature management is usually related to maintaining freshness. The warmer the product the…
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://ift.tt/1xaQ9bB
Image credit: Ged Carrol / Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Read Article →
Back up the food safety training with a good book, writes Richard Bennett

There’s a lot of people responsible for grower, packer or processor quality assurance and food safety who are not technically trained in QA and food safety. That’s just a fact of life that reflects the size, structure and necessities of many fresh produce businesses – small, family and tight. It’s also the reason why some QA standards and customers insist on a minimum level of training for the person(s) responsible for managing food safety in the business, with some now also providing the required training.

Read Article →