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Webinar – Innovation Agenda: Opportunities to Improve the Audit Process

Date and Time: 10-11am (AEDT), Tuesday 10 March 2020

Webinar – Innovation Agenda: Opportunities to Improve the Audit Process – a view from Lucy MacLennan from Red Tractor

Presented by the FPSC A&NZ and Freshcare.

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This webinar will be in two parts: the first part will be an overview of the UK’s Red Tractor and its assurance scheme for fresh produce. The second part will be Lucy’s personal views about the opportunities to improve the audit process, as part of a project she is undertaking for a Nuffield Scholarship.

About the Speaker: Lucy MacLennan is a specialist consultant to the food industry having worked as a food technologist for more than 20 years. Her work has taken her around the world improving the quality and safety of fresh produce as well as ambient grocery products and high care chilled prepared foods.She is currently a 2020 Nuffield Scholar, having previously obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Agrifood from the University of Nottingham, an MBA from Cranfield University and her undergraduate degree BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Surrey.Lucy’s career has seen her work for leading UK retailers such as Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, as well as working extensively throughout their supply bases. Her consultancy work has led to the development of the Marks & Spencer Select Grower standard which has step changed food safety standards within the fresh produce industry.As well as her consultancy work, Lucy is Chief Executive of The Organic Research Centre, an organisation which seeks to redesign and deliver better farming practices based on organic and agroecological principles. She is also Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Fresh Produce Board Committee at Red Tractor Assurance.

This webinar will be in two parts:

Part A – Red Tractor Assurance is the leading farm assurance scheme in the UK.  It is one of the biggest brands in the UK, with its logo appearing on almost £15bn food sold.  The scheme covers 6 industry sectors: beef and lamb, poultry, dairy, crops, pigs and fresh produce.  Lucy is Chairman of the Fresh Produce Sector Board and Non Executive Director for Red Tractor and will provide an overview of the state of the fresh produce sector in the UK and how Red Tractor has responded and shaped its strategy accordingly.  In addition she will provide an overview of how the fresh produce standard is managed and implemented.

Part B – Lucy has built a wealth of experience developing GAP standards for UK retailers and has seen first hand where they work well but also the issues associated with audit and assurance schemes.  Her perception is that food safety audits are currently viewed as something of a necessary evil within supply chains – certification is a market entry requirement so the process is tolerated rather than really used by anyone to improve standards on farm.  But auditing on one day of the year can provide a false sense of year round compliance particularly regarding food safety.  She believes that there is an opportunity farm businesses to take more responsibility for their own continuous improvement of agricultural practices and that with improved attitudes, ownership of the challenge and building knowledge, ultimately the need for external audit could be reduced – or even eliminated and instead more emphasis should be placed on internal audit and leadership culture.  It is this opportunity that Lucy is exploring as part of her studies for her Nuffield Farming Scholarship.  In the course of her studies she will explore different fresh produce food safety standards around the world but in addition she will explore how audit has developed in other industries such as medicine, finance and the military in order to see whether there are opportunities to learn from their experience.

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The February 2020 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The December 2019 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Webinar outcomes –  click here

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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

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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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