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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 speakersâ€”from grower, wholesale, retail, regulatory and researchâ€”identifying the purpose and value of the different types of testing.Read Article →
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 Boardâ€™s quarterly meeting, around 30 QA/food safety people gathered to hear a review of the Centreâ€™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.Read Article →
FPSC: Cases ofÂ Salmonella anatumÂ illness associated with salads recalled by Tripod Farmers on the 4thÂ 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.Â The use-by-date of any affected products has expired and the incubation time for symptoms to emerge is nearing the end.Â So far 10 cases have been confirmed with another 200 cases with probable association.Read Article →
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.Read Article →
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 itâ€™s now important that consumers heed the advice of health authorities and either discard the product or return it to the place of purchase. â€œIf in doubt, throw it outâ€ was the advice of Mr Bennett.Read Article →
â€˜We are delighted to announce that Roger Gilbertson has accepted our invitation to join the Board of FPSC,â€™ said FPSC Chair, Michael Worthington.
Roger appreciates how the role enables him to take a step back from implementing market/customer assurance programs (including food safety) and looks to shaping the role food safety plays in the bigger fresh produce picture. â€˜In particular, I want to ensure the risks for the fresh produce sector are well understood, and programs are efficiently implemented in line with managing these risks,â€™ Roger said.Read Article →
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) Australia & New Zealand launched their much anticipated Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety at the University of Sydney on 11Â August 2015.
The new guidelines provide Australian and New Zealand fresh produce industries with up-to-date information on assessing and managing food safety risks, incorporating the latest in scientific research and industry experience.Read Article →
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre welcomes two businesses as new supporters of the Centre: Fresh Markets Australia and the Freshmax Group.
â€œWe are delighted to welcome Freshmax and Fresh Markets Australia to our growing supporter base,â€ said FPSC Chairman Michael Worthington.
â€œIt is by the fresh produce industry coming together and working collaboratively that we will be able to achieve our mission of enhancing fresh produce food safety through research, outreach and education,â€ he said.Read Article →
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre celebrates its first anniversary today.
â€œWe are delighted that the FPSC has reached this significant milestone and we look forward to consolidating and expanding our work around fresh produce safety in Australia and New Zealand,â€ said FPSC Chairman and CEO of PMA A-NZ, Michael Worthington.Read Article →
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC) has announced that a joint proposal – from TQA Australia Inc, RMCG, and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in New Zealand, in concert with the Food Safety Centre at the University of Tasmania – has been selected as the successful bid for the â€œUnderstanding the Gapsâ€ literature review of fresh produce safety research.Read Article →