Posts from the "Food (Safety) Standards" category

The poms have something to teach the Aussies about promoting agriculture

Gaétane Potard writes: While not normally considered a leading agricultural nation, the farmers of the United Kingdom (UK) might be able to teach Australian farmers a thing or two about the development of a national brand for agricultural products.
What is probably best known about the Red Tractor scheme is the logo that you may have seen on food packaging while travelling in the UK. In 14 years, the red tractor scheme has become the dominant farm assurance program in the UK, and has been adopted by approximately 95% of all UK farms.
The standards, reviewed every 3 years, guarantee the British origin of the farm product and have to address four objectives: better food traceability, better animal welfare, better food safety and better environmental protection.
Read the full article at
Read more about the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme at

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Call for submissions – Application A1092 Irradiation of Specific Fruits & Vegetables

FSANZ has assessed an Application made by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry to seek permission to irradiate apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum, honeydew, rockmelon, scallopini1, strawberry, table grape and zucchini (courgette) for phytosanitary purposes and has prepared a draft food regulatory measure. Pursuant to section 31 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act), FSANZ now calls for submissions to assist consideration of the draft food regulatory measure.
For information about making a submission, visit the FSANZ website at information for submitters.

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Agents of Foodborne Illness

Food Standards Australia & New Zealand: Agents of Foodborne Illness is a technical publication for the food industry, food safety consultants and food regulators. It contains information about pathogens that cause foodborne illness including:
· growth and survival characteristics
· symptoms of disease
· virulence factors

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Australian Food Safety Week,11 – 17th November 2013

It is the second week of November and the Food Safety Information Council (FSIC) is holding its annual Australian Food Safety Week!
The Food Safety Information Council provides information to consumers, aiming to reduce the incidence of food poisoning, and to protect people from what is often a nasty experience involving diarrhoea, vomiting, cramps and fever.
This years theme is Shopping Food Safety focusing on ‘Clean, Choose, Chill and Separate‘ when selecting food and transporting  it home safely. A national Newspoll Survey, commissioned by the Food Safety Information Council for Australian Food Safety Week, shows that too few Australian consumers are taking notice of vital food safety advice on food labels and are taking risks by not using insulated bags or coolers to transport refrigerated food.
Strict food safety standards apply to food retailers in Australia to ensure that the food you buy is safe. But there are some signs you can look for to ensure you buy a safe product. Once you buy the food, it’s up to you to make sure that it stays safe including not leaving shopping in a hot car. To read more about this topic, click here.
Resources available from over the years in various topics concerning consumer food safety. To view them, click here.
Source: Food Safety Information Council [13.11.2013]
While the food safety tips apply to all agricultural produce, fresh produce features as a significant risk to consumers due to the raw eaten nature of the product. Education on food safety is vital to ensure the integrity of fruit and vegetables to be healthy, nutritious and safe.

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Changes to the MRLS for Blueberries and Raspberries – FSANZ

The Australian Food and Grocery Council has submitted an application to request consideration of maximum residue limits (MRLs) for agricultural chemicals concerned with individually quick frozen (IQF) blueberries and raspberries imported from Chile.
The request is made to address a need for sourcing competitively priced ingredients in a convenient format for consumers wishing to incorporate blueberries and raspberries into their diets.
The chemicals for which the MRLs are requested are Azoxystrobin (blueberry); Fenhexamid (blueberry); Fludioxonil (blueberry) and Bifenthrin (raspberry).
These chemicals are already permitted to be used in Australia for other commodities.
Read the executive summary here.
Read about the submission in more detail.

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Food Safety Guidance Documents now available online at

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) now offers a new resource for food safety guidance documents to help producers and buyers develop food safety programs for their specific operations. Both country and commodity-specific resources are available.  If you or your organisation is aware of applicable produce safety best practices/guidance documents that are not listed and would like to have them included, please contact Cynthia Neal at
Access the full list of resources, here.
Check out PMA’s full range of global food safety resources, here.

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‘What it takes to instill a food safety culture in your business’ new presentation

Food Safety in our industry is a consumer-right, requiring a collaborative effort from all sectors of the industry. Dr Douglas Powell, Professor of food safety at Kansas State University was at PMA Fresh Connections 2013 Conference last week to challenge businesses not to rely on regulation, but to rely on their staff to deliver safe food.

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