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FPSC 2025 Innovation Agenda: Review of the Audit Process

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Fresh Produce Safety Centre announces ALDI as a Gold supporter

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC) today announced that ALDI has joined the FPSC as a Gold supporter.

The Chairman of the FPSC, Mr Michael Worthington, said: “We are thrilled to have ALDI join the FPSC and we warmly welcome them on board. Having ALDI as an FPSC supporter expands our industry engagement, particularly in the all-important fresh produce retail space. We now have support from a very high percentage of the retail sector, providing us with strong platform to ensure that food safety in fresh produce is paramount from the farm right through to the consumer.”

“The support that ALDI is providing the FPSC demonstrates that the industry values the work we are doing. It also demonstrates the high importance that the fresh produce industry places on food safety,” Mr Worthington said.

ALDI’s Quality Assurance Director, Mr Scott Tyler, said: “ALDI’s emphasis is on providing safe, high quality fresh produce. We see the value that the FPSC is providing to the whole industry in promoting and enhancing food safety. We also believe that the FPSC has an important role to play in increasing business emphasis on promoting a culture of food safety across the board – from mum and dad growers right through to the major retailers like ALDI.”

“We are looking forward to working with the team at the FPSC on a range of issues relating to fresh produce safety. What the FPSC is striving for aligns with our own ethos: safe fresh produce, 365 days a year,” added Scott.

ALDI Australia opened its first stores in January 2001 at Bankstown Airport and Marrickville, with a core range of 600 products supplied by 174 business partners. Today ALDI operates more than 550 stores in six states and territories, directly employing more than 13,000 people and working with Australian business partners each day. Since opening in 2001, ALDI has contributed an estimated $23 billion to Australia’s gross domestic product. Find more about ALDI here.

ALDI will be joining the Fresh Produce Safety Centre at the Gold supporter level.

FPSC announces iFoodDecisionSciences as a Silver supporter

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand today announced that iFoodDecisionSciences (iFoodDS) has joined the FPSC as a Silver supporter.

The Chairman of the FPSC, Mr Michael Worthington, said: “It is wonderful to have fresh produce solutions providers such as iFoodDecisionSciences publicly pledging their support the FPSC, and we warmly welcome iFoodDS on board as a Silver supporter.”

“We are seeing an increase of support over recent times, as the industry steps up its commitment to fresh produce food safety.  We are delighted that we can now count iFoodDS as an FPSC Silver supporter. The more companies that join along the supply chain, the more work the FPSC can do to promote safer fresh produce,” Mr Worthington said.

A leading provider of food supply chain safety, traceability and quality solutions for farmers, harvesters, shippers, packers, processors, distributors, retailers and foodservice,  iFoodDS’ cloud-based offerings provide advanced analytics and insights for safety, regulatory compliance and process improvements. Find out more about iFoodDecisionSciences here.

iFoodDS’ Regional Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Ilango Surendran said: “We joined the FPSC because we firmly believe that iFoodDS can provide value and knowledge in food safety technology for the produce industry and FPSC supporters. We have seen the importance and evolving change in technology to improve food safety across the supply chain. In particular, we have seen the accelerated growth and adoption of technology with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to partner with the FPSC.”

iFoodDecisionSciences will be joining the Fresh Produce Safety Centre at the Silver supporter level.

Fresh Produce Safety Centre welcomes APAL

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand today announced that APAL has joined the FPSC as a supporter.

The Chairman of the FPSC, Mr Michael Worthington, said: “We are delighted to welcome APAL to the FPSC.” 

“In these difficult times, it is vitally important that the industry redoubles its commitment to the safety of fresh produce – and that’s what APAL has done by joining the FPSC. APAL, as the peak industry body representing apple and pear growers across Australia, has demonstrated its leadership in food safety through supporting the FPSC,” Mr Worthington said.

APAL – Apple and Pear Australia Limited – is the national representative for Australia’s $600 million apple and pear industry, and the owner of the Pink Lady® brand in over 100 countries. Find out more about APAL here.

APAL’s CEO Philip Turnbull said: “We are proud to come on board as a supporter of the FPSC. The FPSC’s work aligns with our commitment to ensuring consumers continue to trust and enjoy the quality and safety of the food they buy.”

 

APAL will be joining the Fresh Produce Safety Centre at the Bronze supporter level.

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s supporters are:

Platinum Supporters: PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited | The University of Sydney | Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd | Woolworths Ltd

Gold Supporters: AUSVEG | Freshcare Limited

Silver Supporters: Costa Group | Fresh Select | Harris Farm Markets Pty Ltd | Horticulture New Zealand | Perfection Fresh Australia Pty Ltd | Seeka | United Fresh New Zealand | Zespri International

Bronze Supporters: APAL | GS1 Australia | Harvest Moon | MG Marketing and LaManna | Metcash Food and Grocery | OneHarvest | PM Fresh Pty Limited | Symbio Laboratories

Conference Partners: Agriculture Victoria | Fresh Markets Australia | AUS-QUAL

Find out about how join the FPSC as a supporter here.

Fresh Produce Safety Centre announces Harvest Moon as a new supporter

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand today announced that Harvest Moon has joined the FPSC as a supporter.

The Chairman of the FPSC, Mr Michael Worthington, said: “We warmly welcome Harvest Moon to the growing list of supporters of the FPSC.” 

“Now, more than ever, food safety must be front and centre of our industry’s focus. Committing to a strong food safety culture and practice in fresh produce businesses is always important, but the current crisis demands an even higher level of food safety commitment. We are delighted that Harvest Moon is demonstrating industry leadership through its support for the FPSC,” Mr Worthington said.

Harvest Moon is a privately-owned produce company with operations in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, supplying over 90,000 tonnes of vegetables and employing up to 300 people. Find more about Harvest Moon here.

Harvest Moon’s Managing Director Neil Armstrong said “We have joined the Fresh Produce Safety Centre because Harvest Moon has always regarded a strong food safety culture as central to our success. The work that the Centre has done and is continuing to do supports our industry in enhancing the safety of the fresh produce we grow.”

Harvest Moon will be joining the Fresh Produce Safety Centre at the Bronze supporter level.

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s supporters are:

Platinum Supporters: PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited | The University of Sydney Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd | Woolworths Ltd

Gold Supporters: AUSVEG | Freshcare Limited

Silver Supporters: Costa Group | Fresh Select | Harris Farm Markets Pty Ltd | Horticulture New Zealand | Perfection Fresh Australia Pty Ltd | Seeka | United Fresh New Zealand | Zespri International

Bronze Supporters: Harvest Moon | GS1 Australia | MG Marketing and LaManna | Metcash Food and Grocery | OneHarvest | PM Fresh Pty Limited | Symbio Laboratories

Conference Partners: Agriculture Victoria | Fresh Markets Australia | AUS-QUAL

Find out about how join the FPSC as a supporter here.

Fact Sheet: Animal Impact on Produce Safety

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Fresh Produce Safety Centre announces two new FPSC Directors

The Board of Directors of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand today announced the appointment of two new Directors, confirmed at the AGM of the FPSC A&NZ held on 27 November 2019.

The two new FPSC A&NZ Dr Sharon Jones, OneHarvest General Manager Technical and Dr Rachel Kilmister, R&D Programme Manager, New Zealand Apples and Pears Incorporated.

The Chairman of the FPSC, Mr Michael Worthington, said: “These two highly-qualified members will strengthen the Board of Directors of FPSC, and we are delighted they have joined us. We are also pleased that we now have equal representation of women and men on the Board. The Board expressed thanks to all the applicants for their interest in the work of FPSC A&NZ.”

The Board also thanked the outgoing FPSC A&NZ Directors, Roger Gilbertson and Joseph Ekman.

Chairman, Mr Worthington, said: “We also send our sincere thanks to outgoing Directors, Roger Gilbertson and Joseph Ekman. Joe has been with the FPSC since its inception in 2014, while Roger joined in 2016. We thank them for their longstanding support and commitment to fresh produce food safety in Australia and New Zealand.”

Further information about the Board of the FPSC A&NZ is here.

 

Consumer expectations met through new fresh produce food safety guidelines

“The Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety 2019 ensure Australian produce has the highest safety standards of any produce anywhere in the world”, said Peter Tuohey, Chair, Melbourne Market Authority.

Launching the 2019 version of the Guidelines today at Hort Connections in Melbourne, Mr Tuohey acknowledged that Australian horticulture had seen some damage in recent years through contamination and tampering that impacted producers, retailers and exporters.

“However it is by continuing to evolve and change the standards within these Guidelines that we will meet our consumer expectations”.

“These Guidelines set out the procedures and steps to prevent or deal with contaminations, and covers a comprehensive list of practices and potential hazards to assist growers, packers, transporters, wholesalers and retailers along the supply chain”.

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Horticulture challenges the current state of food safety

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC A-NZ) is leading the conversation with Australia and New Zealand’s top horticultural growers, packers, manufacturers, retailers, supply chain experts and academics in the food safety arena.

The Centre is bringing together over 30 key influencers in Australia and New Zealand’s horticultural and innovation sectors to challenge the current thinking on fresh produce food safety compliance.

The Innovation Forum – the first of its kind in horticulture – will see industry experts be challenged by the emerging capabilities of new technologies both homegrown in Australia and New Zealand as well as from overseas.

“This forum, on Thursday 13 June, is our opportunity to delve into what the future of fresh produce food safety compliance looks like beyond 2025”, said Jessica Purbrick, Executive Officer, FPSC A-NZ.

“It is time we had this conversation across our industry and bring in the innovation experts, outside of our natural space to help us find solutions”.

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Food safety conference delivers key learnings to the fresh produce industry

The theme of this year’s Fresh Produce Safety Conference, hosted by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand in Sydney last week was ‘Food Safety: It’s Your Responsibility’.

Bringing together over 150 leading food producers and manufacturers, packers, distributors and retailers, students and researchers, the event confirmed food safety and compliance as top priorities for the industry. Read more