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


New technologies are shaping the future of the fresh produce industry, writes Michael Worthington

The fresh produce industry is continually looking for new products and new technologies and it is always good to try and pick out some innovations that could well become commonplace in a few years. So here are some: We have seen the incredible growth of the tomato category since glasshouse-grown has…
New food safety & technology post by Michael Worthington on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://ift.tt/1jdjuLJ

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Exporting to HK? The pesticide residue transition stage is almost expired, writes Richard Bennett

Australian and New Zealand exporters to Hong Kong might be aware that new pesticide Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) came into force in 2012 for a two-year grace period. Hong Kong had previously adopted Codex MRLs as their own, as do numerous countries, but has chosen to move away from Codex where local data warranted…
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://www.pma-anz.com/blog/2014/04/115/exporting-to-hk-the-pesticide-residue-transition-stage-is-almost-expired-writes-richard-bennett

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Hep A, Pathogens an important issue to have on the risk assessment radar, writes Richard Bennett

Hepatitis and similar pathogens conjure up thoughts of fear and anxiety in the minds of consumers (and the media!). While only a relatively small amount of fruit has been sold and the retail outlets – all in New Zealand, not exported – have been identified, this has been a difficult situation for government and industry in New Zealand to manage.
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://ift.tt/1jPrXay

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99% of samples within residue limits but even good news stories can be skewed writes Richard Bennett

Not many countries seem to have national residue testing programs and fewer seem to make the results public. Not so the USA, where their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just released their 2012 results. And good results they are, with over 99 percent of samples across all food categories not exceeding the…
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog . View the full post here: http://ift.tt/1jIkIwJ

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It’s vital to practise what you preach when playing it “clean, green & safe”, writes Richard Bennett

There is increasing coverage of Australian fresh produce and other foods making the clean and green claim. “The Ambassador promised three qualities about Australian food: clean, green and safe. “Australian food and beverages are clean because in Australia we have a pristine…
New food safety & technology post by Richard Bennett on the PMA A-NZ Blog. View the full post here: http://ift.tt/NMOghX

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