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New genomic treatments in berries

Melbourne Presentation – 10am, Friday 16 August 2019

Meet Professor Kevin Folta (University of Florida) to hear about new genomic treatments in berries.

As a guest of Marcus Oldham College, and co-hosted by FPSC A-NZ, Kevin will be in Melbourne on Friday 16 August 2019.

Kevin’s research focuses on:

  • Genomics of Fruit Flavours- We use strawberry as a model to identify the genes and mechanisms that control fruit traits. The goal is to develop highly-focused, gene-specific, DNA-based tools to speed traditional breeding.
  • Light Control of Plant Growth, Development and Metabolism. We are modulating key traits in fruits and vegetables using narrow bandwidth light. These non-chemical treatments allow manipulation of consumer-centric traits. Our interest is custom spectra as well as custom plants that fit a specific controlled environment.
  • Small Molecule Discovery – We have devised a clever system to identify potentially new plant growth regulators, using the plant to assemble novel molecules. This system allows us to define new chemistries as well as identify potential vulnerabilities for the design of herbicidal compounds that may have limited non-target toxicity and low environmental impact.

In particular, we will learn how new genomic treatments to manipulate consumer-centric traits will be affected by the changing climatic conditions in Australia.

More information about Kevin can be found here >

This small event will be held at 10am in Melbourne’s CBD. Please contact if you’re interested in attending or for more information.

Fresh Produce Tampering: Prevent, Prepare, Respond

Auckland Workshop  Monday 4 March 2019

Join the Fresh Produce Safety Centre A-NZ team and United Fresh NZ on Monday 4 March at 2.30pm for an afternoon event that will help you and your organisation prevent, prepare and respond to future fresh produce food tampering.

Speakers include:

  • MPI Manager of Food Compliance, Melinda Sando & Communication Manager Sid Pickering
  • The Agrichain Centre Managing Director & United Fresh Food Safety Representative Anne-Marie Arts
  • Panel Session: United Fresh New Zealand Chair Jerry Prendergast & Foodstuffs Ltd Head of External Relations Antoinette Laird
  • FPSC A-NZ Chair Michael Worthington & Technical Manager Richard Bennett

What you will learn:

  • Better understanding across stakeholders of expectations and responsibilities
  • A window on best practice at each stage of the supply chain
  • Knowing who to contact if you suspect a tampering event
  • Improved compliance with food defence requirements in food safety standards
  • Improved attitude/culture – taking tampering seriously
  • Highlight another reason for optimum transparency
  • Understanding the associated incident management activity that the business may be required to manage

Networking drinks will follow this panel event.

To register please click here. This event is free for financial supporters of the FPSC A-NZ and members of United Fresh NZ.

Not a member? $50 to attend or pledge support of FPSC A-NZ here.

FPSC A-NZ Annual Conference 2019

The sixth annual conference of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia and New Zealand will be held at The Refectory, Level 4, Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney on Wednesday 14 August 2019 from 8.30am – 6.00pm.

Post-Conference resources can be found here.


Food Safety Culture Webinar – Take It Seriously

Food Safety Culture Webinar: Thursday 15 November, 12noon – 1pm (AEDT) / 2pm – 3pm (NZDT)

Food safety culture is the product of shared values, beliefs and norms that affect mindset and behaviour towards food safety across an organisation.

Dr Pieternel Luning, a visiting professor from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, will present her findings and suggest practical strategies to strengthen food safety culture. She will address what good food safety culture looks like (for businesses large and small), the key steps to get there, and how businesses can measure the benefits of a good food safety culture.

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NZ: Auckland Fresh Produce Recall Workshop

Friday, June 1, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The focus of this event is understanding recall roles and responsibilities, costs and traceability - for the fresh produce industry.

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Product recall workshop

Save the date!
FPSC A-NZ Product recall workshop
Friday, 1 June 2018
Auckland, New Zealand

Save the date for our first workshop on product recall, presented in collaboration with United Fresh.

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2018 Annual Conference

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Fresh Produce Safety Conference 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The University of Sydney, Australia

Save the date for the fifth annual conference of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia and New Zealand, to be held at the University of Sydney, Australia.

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NZ: PMA A-NZ Science and Technology TECH EVENT

1 March 2018
Auckland, New Zealand

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NSW: DPI Melon Food Safety Workshop

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is running a second Melon Food Safety workshop in Griffith.

When: 11th December 2017 (Monday)
Where: NSW DPI, Farm 217 Murray Road, Hanwood, Griffith NSW
Pre-workshop lunch: 12:30-1:00 pm
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm

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Webinar: Risk-assessment for pre-harvest water use

This one hour session  included short presentations from a wholesaler, auditor (AUS-QUAL), accreditation system owner (Freshcare) and Associate Professor Channah Rock, Water Quality Specialist from the University of Arizona. The webinar follows on from our popular workshops series Fresh Produce Testing for Food Safety.

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