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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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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

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

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Sponsorship Prospectus for the Fresh Produce Safety Conference 2021 – available now

The Sponsorship Prospectus for the 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference is available now.
The Fresh Produce Safety Conference will be held in Sydney and online on 18 August 2021. Themed Future Directions for Produce Safety, the conference brings together key industry professionals to explore issues and research around fresh produce food safety.
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FDA finds cattle are the most likely sources of E. coli leafy greens outbreaks

The US Food and Drug Administration has determined that cattle are most likely the sources of outbreak strains of E. coli O157:H7 associated with the 2019 and 2020 leafy greens outbreaks. The report notes “visual observations of the implicated leafy green growing fields suggested several plausible routes for contamination, including from cattle grazing on adjacent land and from animal intrusion, evidenced by the presence of signs of animal intrusion such as scat and large flocks of birds.”
The FDA encourages growers to consider adjacent land use practices, especially if used for animal production, and adopt risk assessment and mitigation strategies.
Read the FDA report here.
[US: Food Safety News]: “Citing numerous E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, the FDA is telling the industry that it’s past time for a head-in-the-sand view of cattle operations uphill from lettuce fields.” More
To view the FPSC’s resource on animal intensive agriculture click here.

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

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

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Assessment of microbial controls in apple production

AU – A recent study by a team from the ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the Food Quality and Design Group (at the University of Sydney, the University of Tasmania and Wageningen University, respectively) explored industry interpretations of food safety guidelines by describing the application of controls in Australian orchards and packhouses.
The assessment, published in the journal Food Control, found that an inconsistent application of water sanitation resulted in variable control of wash water quality and hygiene, and that the industry “could benefit from a better understanding of effective risk mitigation strategies, consistent industry application of food safety controls and improved evidence of controls achieving desired food safety outcomes.” More

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

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

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Pathogen persistence paper published in Agriculture

AU – The paper ‘Persistence of Human Pathogens in Manure-Amended Australian Soils Used for Production of Leafy Vegetables‘ is now available online in a special issue of the journal Agriculture. The paper, authored by Dr Jenny Ekman and others, has been published as part of the research undertaken for the Hort Innovation project ‘Pathogen Persistence from Paddock to Plate’. Hort Innovation, together with the vegetable industry, completed a study on the survival of human pathogens in soil and irrigation water, and on leafy vegetables. The project was led by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre, in conjunction with Applied Horticultural Research, Freshcare and the University of Sydney. Read more about the project here, read the project report on the Hort Innovation website here and read the full journal article here.

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