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AU: Salmonella traced to one farm in the Northern Territory

PMA A-NZ: The Australian melon industry welcomes the news that the source of the current Salmonella outbreak has been traced to one farm in the Northern Territory. The farm has commenced a voluntary recall of the fruit.

Consumers can be assured that rockmelons now on the retail shelves are not affected by the recall and are safe to purchase and consume.

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The cost of a food safety crises. How high it can go!

25 July 2016
‘We are fortunate to have secured Mr William Marler as a speaker for this year’s Fresh Produce Safety Conference,’ said Fresh Produce Safety Centre Chair, Michael Worthington.

Mr Marler is a well known personal injury lawyer and expert in foodborne illness litigation at Marler Clark, a major force in food safety policy in the United States and abroad,’ Mr Worthington said.

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AU/NZ: Conference to address global food safety advances

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre is delighted that Dr Trevor Suslow will be delivering the keynote address at this year’s Fresh Produce Safety Conference on 10 August in Sydney.
‘With the conference focusing on innovation in fresh food safety, Dr Suslow’s address on Global technology advances in food safety will give the audience a world view on what is new and on the horizon that could benefit their business,’ said FPSC Chair, Michael Worthington.

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Australian Research Council to fund important food safety projects in fresh produce industry through University of Sydney and Fresh Produce Safety Centre

FPSC: Professor Robyn McConchie and other researchers from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney received a $2.2 million Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre grant [...]

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Visit the Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections

18 May 2016
The FPSC has again put together a Food Safety Hub at the PMA Fresh Connections trade show to provide trade show attendees with a one-stop shop where they can pick up the latest in food safety services, technology, retailer and regulatory requirements, information, events, research and guidance.

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AU: FPSC’s first professional development event a resounding success

The first professional development event held by the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) in Sydney has passed with flying colours, according to the participants.

The events are designed by FPSC to provide industry with in-depth understanding of specific fresh produce food safety issues.

This first event tackled the complex area of fresh produce chemical and microbial testing, with eight speakers—from grower, wholesale, retail, regulatory and research—identifying the purpose and value of the different types of testing.

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NZ: Fresh Produce Safety Centre endorsed at Hawke’s Bay events

21 March 2016
Support for the Trans-Tasman Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) was clearly demonstrated in New Zealand in February this year when over forty representatives from the fresh produce industry attended events held by the Centre in Hawke's Bay.

Following the FPSC Board’s quarterly meeting, around 30 QA/food safety people gathered to hear a review of the Centre’s recent activities, plans for further Australia and New Zealand collaboration on food safety and an update on New Zealand issues from HortNZ. Attendees raised a number of issues of importance to the industry in New Zealand.

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AU: Tests results associate more people with recalled salads

FPSC: Cases of Salmonella anatum illness associated with salads recalled by Tripod Farmers on the 4th February have increased. While there are potentially more cases to emerge through ongoing testing during the follow up, it is expected that the rate of new cases that will be associated with this event has peaked and will start to decline.  The use-by-date of any affected products has expired and the incubation time for symptoms to emerge is nearing the end.  So far 10 cases have been confirmed with another 200 cases with probable association.

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AU: Media Statement in response to the salad recalled for Salmonella

The recall of pre-packaged salad brands has been thorough, swift and effective according to the Produce Marketing Association and the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC). Richard Bennett (FPSC Technology Manager) said while this isolated and unfortunate incident has occurred that consumers can be confident that ready-to-eat salads on retail shelves are safe and healthy.

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AU: Pre-packaged salad recalled for Salmonella

The fresh produce industry is working quickly to assist with a recall of pre-packaged salad brands associated with an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses.

Richard Bennett, Technology Manager from the Produce Marketing Association A-NZ and Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) said it’s now important that consumers heed the advice of health authorities and either discard the product or return it to the place of purchase. “If in doubt, throw it out” was the advice of Mr Bennett.

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