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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.”
“”e 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.Read Article →
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.Read Article →
Calling all produce safety researchers! Seeking papers for a special issue of MDPI Agriculture “Quality and Safety of Fresh Produce”, with guest editor and Board member of the FPSC, Professor Robyn McConchie.
Deadline of 30 November 2020.Read Article →
Fresh produce safety and COVID-19 positive workers in processing facilities: key points for industry
The ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry has released information on fresh produce safety and COVID-19 positive workers in processing facilities. Key points are:
COVID-19 is unlikely to be passed on through fresh produceThere is a low risk of contracting COVID-19 from fresh produce if handled by a worker who is confirmed positive for COVID-19Immediately notify the health department if a worker in the facility tests positive for COVID-19Increase contact time and/or concentration of disinfectants on surfaces in the processing environment
For further information, visit the ARC Training Centre’s website here.
Additional resources:For additional information, visit these following sites: Australian Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resourcesFreshcare: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: https://www.freshcare.com.au/resources/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Food Industry Resources and FAQs: https://instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/coronavirus-covid-19/frequently-asked-questions/New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre: https://www.nzfssrc.org.nz/node/154NZ MPI: Coronavirus and Food Safety on COVID-19: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-food-safety/Read Article →
The ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry and FSANZ have released information on the coronavirus and food safety. Key points are that coronavirus is unlikely to be passed on through fresh produce. The virus may survive up to three hours on dry inanimate surfaces, and several hours on hands, tissues, and other surfaces, although this depends on the nature of the surface, environmental conditions etc. The produce industry should reduce the risk of transmission through surface contamination by strictly following all good personal hygiene practices along with good agricultural practices. More (ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry) and more (FSANZ)Read Article →