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Guest industry blog: Ilango Surendran, Regional Manager, iFoodDS
Food safety is a never-ending journey. It is about constantly striving to improve and learn more about better methods and systems. Among the keys to continual learning are research and studies specific to produce that identify risks as well as mitigation steps.
In the United States, the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) was established in 2007 to provide funding for targeted research, which has yielded scientific advancements in pathogen prevention and positively influenced food safety metrics and practices globally. While much is known about pathogen prevention, refinement in our practices and metrics are necessary and best achieved through research and studies.
The CPS mission is simple: Fund the science, find solutions and fuel the change. CPS is largely funded by produce trade associations, retail and foodservice companies, food technology companies and farmers, packers and processors of fresh produce. Many of the companies that fund CPS have global operations and apply the research findings to fuel food safety improvements across their operations or on behalf of their customers and clients.
iFoodDS, a leader in food safety, traceability and quality solutions for the produce supply chain, is committed to helping advance continuous food safety improvements in the produce industry. As such, iFoodDS supports the critical work of CPS as well as the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC).
Supporting CPS and FPSC is a natural fit for iFoodDS, and complements its mission to deliver solutions that help supply chain participants provide high-quality, wholesome produce to consumers.
How can the produce industry in Australia and New Zealand benefit from the work of CPS? CPS transparently provides all study findings via its website and research symposiums so the information is available and accessible to the entire produce industry. It is important for food safety professionals to review and understand these research findings, determine which studies could be applicable to your operations and find methods to apply the relevant studies to advance continuous improvement within your companies.
The FPSC also plays an important role in highlighting and translating this work for Australian and New Zealand audiences. While there are geographic, climatic and production differences that must be recognized with this U.S.-based research organisation, similarities also exist which provide for global learning opportunities.
Ironically, the pandemic has made the CPS annual research symposium more accessible than ever since it was offered virtually in 2020 and those sessions are now available online. The 2021 CPS research symposium will also be virtual and take place over five weeks in June and July. It’s important to look toward all opportunities that can enhance and improve produce safety. There are numerous resources available but the produce-only focus of CPS is unique and the results and findings should be monitored, assessed and applied as part of our industry’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement.
To learn more about iFoodDS, visit www.iFoodDS.com
To learn more about the CPS visit www.centerforproducesafety.org
The Sponsorship Prospectus for the 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference is available now.
The Fresh Produce Safety Conference will be held in Sydney and online on 18 August 2021. Themed Future Directions for Produce Safety, the conference brings together key industry professionals to explore issues and research around fresh produce food safety.
Click to view the Sponsorship Prospectus
US – The Conversation: When the COVID-19 pandemic began, not much was known about SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus) and its survival in food, on various materials and on surfaces. Since then, several food safety agencies have assessed the risk of potentially acquiring the virus from contaminated food or food packaging. The consensus is that currently, there’s no evidence it’s a food safety risk. MoreRead Article →
AU – A recent study by a team from the ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the Food Quality and Design Group (at the University of Sydney, the University of Tasmania and Wageningen University, respectively) explored industry interpretations of food safety guidelines by describing the application of controls in Australian orchards and packhouses.
The assessment, published in the journal Food Control, found that an inconsistent application of water sanitation resulted in variable control of wash water quality and hygiene, and that the industry “could benefit from a better understanding of effective risk mitigation strategies, consistent industry application of food safety controls and improved evidence of controls achieving desired food safety outcomes.” More