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


Opinion: food safety audits by Dr. Bob Whitaker

During grower food safety events we often talk about why having a food safety program is important, how it is critical to have a program to protect your own business, protect your customers and ultimately public health. We talk about emerging science, the importance of foundational food safety programs like sanitation practices and worker hygiene and how to identify and manage potential cross contamination hazards on the farm and packinghouse. After going through this information and basically laying out the why, how and what of food safety; often some brave soul in the audience will raise their hand and ask, “So what score do I need to get in order to pass the audit”? And that’s when the frustration sets in. How did passing an audit become a substitute for actually building a risk-based food safety program?

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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