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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

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

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AIFST 2021 Virtual Convention

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) 2021 Virtual Convention is now just one month away!
The AIFST will be delivering the convention across 4 days and hosting more than 60 speakers. Chief Executive Officer of AIFST, Fiona Fleming, stated “This has been a challenging year for everyone, and the theme of our convention certainly resonates – ‘Food Science – delivering in a changing world’”. The convention promises to deliver an exciting program of topics across the four days:

Day 1: Delivering food safety
Day 2: Health, nutrition & consumer service
Day 3: Innovation & future food production & processing systems
Day 4: Sustainability, resilience and food security in a changing world

The convention aims to provide great opportunities to engage with speakers and connect with industry developments. Be sure to join the convention as the AIFST program examines the sustainability and resilience of food systems through contrasting lenses that represent different points along the food supply chain.
To find out more and register click here.

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

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

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Workshops announced for the 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference!

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre is pleased to announce the four workshops to be held as part of the 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference. The workshops will be available to all ticketholders to the conference, and will be held weekly on Wednesdays in the four weeks following conference day on 18 August 2021.
The workshops are designed as a weekly series of interactive skills sessions, each addressing a different topic within the field of fresh produce safety. With exciting workshop facilitators, the workshops promise to be an engaging and informative experience hosted by industry experts.
Attendees who register for the conference will receive complimentary registration for the workshops. Additional tickets will also be made available to those only wishing to register for the workshop skills sessions.
Choice of four skills workshops
Wednesday 25 August, 1-2pm AEST
Sharpening the Axe: Preparing for a Food Safety Crisis
with Peter McGee, Victual
The saying goes that if you have six hours to chop down a tree, spend the first four sharpening the axe. The same goes for navigating a crisis. The more you prepare the more likely you will successfully navigate. This workshop will step your through a scenario to help you understand some of the things you will need to think about in preparing for a crisis.
Wednesday 1 September, 1-2pm AEST
Produce Safety and HARPS – an Update for Growers and Suppliers
with Tristan Kitchener and Belinda Millard, HARPS
The HARPS Management Team will provide an update about HARPS, particularly in regard to the development and release of Version 2 of the HARPS standard, with an opportunity to ask questions and explore other challenges within the horticulture industry that could be solved using the HARPS business model as a platform to address wider industry issues.
Wednesday 8 September, 1-2pm AEST
Rapid Diagnostic Methods for Foodborne Pathogens: Outlook for the Fresh Produce Industry
with Dr Jo Rush, co-author of the FPSC Rapid Diagnostics report, and Professor Robyn McConchie, University of Sydney
A key issue facing the fresh produce industry is the time, expertise and cost of testing for pathogenic microorganisms to ensure produce safety. Despite the challenges presented by fresh produce, emerging Rapid Diagnostic Techniques may ideally make it possible to test on-site using inexpensive, simple and robust devices. It is important to compile information about industry requirements and preferences for RDMs. This interactive workshop will focus on potential ways to develop useful, robust prototype RDMs suitable for the “real world” environment.”
Wednesday 15 September, 1-2pm AEST
Challenging Perceptions: Unifying Industry’s Approach to Food Safety
with Jane Siebum, Fiona Grime and Angela Steain, Freshcare
Freshcare is hosting this engaging session aimed at challenging perceptions to unify our approach to food safety. This interactive workshop will explore food safety from the growers’ perspective, particularly food safety compliance, and facilitate a discussion between several expert panellists and workshop participants to explore the concepts of change, trust, future demands, and learnings to create a unified approach to food safety. This session is for anyone involved in the fresh produce industry who wants to engage with the grower’s perspective – from those who grow our food, to those that sell it and everyone in between.
To register for the conference and gain access to our four exciting skills workshops click here.

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Rapid Diagnostic Methods Webinar Recording now available

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre, an industry-led, not-for-profit company established to enhance fresh produce food safety across Australia and New Zealand, proudly presented the Rapid Diagnostic Methods webinar on Monday 19 July 2021. The FPSC had identified, through its 2025 Innovation Agenda report Rapid Diagnostic Methods for Foodborne Pathogens: Outlook for the Fresh Produce Industry, that the quick, cost-effective, and reliable identification of pathogens on fresh produce is an area ripe for innovation and potentially a game changer for advancing food safety in the fresh produce industry.
The webinar recording is now available here.
We set out to survey research that was being undertaken within this field, identify the most promising rapid technologies, and make recommendations on what next steps are required to get these technologies into the hands of growers and others in the supply chain.
The one-hour live one-hour webinar discusses the key findings of the report, the perspectives of industry experts and what next steps we can take to advance this exciting field. Speakers include:

Dr Jo Rush – co-author of the Rapid Diagnostics report
Dr Sharon Jones – General Manager Technical, One Harvest Ltd, Australia
Dr Craig Billington – Science Leader, Environmental Science & Research, NZ
Dr Alex Quinn – co-author of the Rapid Diagnostics report

Read the full report here and summary here.

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

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

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Rapid Diagnostic Methods for Foodborne Pathogens: Outlook for the Fresh Produce Industry

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre has released a new industry report on rapid diagnostic methods for the detection of pathogens on fresh produce. The report, Rapid Diagnostic Methods for Foodborne Pathogens: Outlook for the Fresh Produce Industry, was commissioned as part of the FPSC 2025 Innovation Agenda. The report details the state of current research on technologies for the quick identification of pathogens, identifies the most promising technologies for the fresh produce industry, and provides conclusions and recommendations including the next steps that should be taken to advance the field of rapid diagnostic methods.Read the full report and two-page summary.Rapid Diagnostic Methods WebinarJoin us online on Monday 19 July 1-2pm AEST / 3-4pm NZ to hear a summary of the report from co-author Dr Jo Rush. She will facilitate a Q&A panel session with some of the research experts in the field. Panelists include:

Dr Sharon Jones – General Manager Technical, One Harvest Ltd, Australia 
Dr Craig Billington – Science Leader, Environmental Science & Research, NZ
Dr Alex Quinn, co-author of the Rapid Diagnostics report

After a short presentation on the report, and a facilitated Q&A with the panelists, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the future of rapid diagnostic methods.The webinar event page can be found here.
 

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Fresh Produce Safety Conference Early Bird deadline extended to 15 July

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre proudly announced early bird registrations open to the Fresh Produce Safety Conference in May 2021. With the recent announcement of lockdowns and restrictions around Australia we have made the decision to extend the early bird registration deadline to Thursday 15 July.
Future Directions for Produce Safety is this year’s theme with a highly experienced and broad cohort of industry professionals gathering to present, analyse and discuss the key issues facing the safe production of fresh produce, now and into the future.
Meet new contacts, join old friends, network, learn and share to advance fresh produce food safety in our region. The 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference is presented over one day at the Refectory, Holme Building, University of Sydney and broadcast live via an online production. Join us online or face-to-face; choose the option that works for you.
The last chance to secure early bird registrations is now 15 July 2021.
For more details about the conference and to secure your spot please click here

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NZ Horticulture Conference 2021 early registrations open

The NZ Horticulture Conference is being held from 5-6 August 2021 at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. The conference, themed ‘Resilience and Recovery’ seeks to address the challenges and future directions of horticulture in a COVID world. With a diverse range of speakers from New Zealand and beyond, the conference aims to stimulate discussion and offer new insights and perspectives. 
Major themes include labour, climate change, freshwater, biosecurity and compliance, as well as the ongoing impact of Covid on labour, freight and cost. 
Conference Highlights:

Making Integrated Pest Management (IPM) work
Nitrogen management for sustainable vegetable production
Supermarkets, including the Commerce Commission’s investigation
How diversity can boost resilience and recovery
How to improve mental fitness
What really goes on in Parliament
Unpacking regenerative agriculture

Registrations are now open or for more information click here.

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

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

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