There can be unintended additional contents, also known as physical contaminants and foreign objects, in fruit and vegetable purchases. Growers aim to eliminate these from the fresh produce sent to retailers and processors. Most retail and food service specifications have a zero tolerance for pests, dead or alive, or other physical contaminants. Consumers also have a low tolerance of additional contents.
Physical contaminants is a broad category that includes but is not limited to soil, stones, sticks, weeds, insects, frogs, glass, nails, plastic and rubber, pens, pins, paper clips and jewellery. Some are a social media novelty while others have genuine injury potential. Some come from the environment and others are from harvest, handling and packing. Some can result in withdrawals, recalls and negative media coverage.
A series of Q&A’s below address the topic of contamination of pests and objects.
The Centre has recently undertaken a major strategic review and is forging a dynamic new pathway as the leading organisation in food safety in the Australasian fresh produce industry.
Under its Constitution, two Directors are required to retire annually and are eligible to re-nominate for election. Therefore, FPSC A-NZ is seeking nominations to fill two Board vacancies, one from Australia and one from New Zealand (to become effective as from 19 December 2018). These are voluntary roles. The Board meets four times per year – usually twice by teleconference.
Candidates should have a sound knowledge of the fresh produce industry and experience in working on boards and/or industry advisory boards.
Skillsets to include one or more of food safety, innovation, R&D, communication, marketing, events, funds procurement and fresh produce operations.
Interested candidates should complete the Director Nomination Form and return to email@example.com no later than 5pm Tuesday 11 December 2018.
United Fresh NZ: We are now conducting a survey to provide an understanding of how Traceability systems operate in the domestic fresh produce industry. We would appreciate five minutes of your time to complete this survey. You can do so via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J8P6D8T Closing date for this survey is Friday 16th November 2018.
Food Safety Culture Webinar: Thursday 15 November, 12noon – 1pm (AEDT) / 2pm – 3pm (NZDT)
Food safety culture is the product of shared values, beliefs and norms that affect mindset and behaviour towards food safety across an organisation.
Dr Pieternel Luning, a visiting professor from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, will present her findings and suggest practical strategies to strengthen food safety culture. She will address what good food safety culture looks like (for businesses large and small), the key steps to get there, and how businesses can measure the benefits of a good food safety culture.