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The challenge of a food safety culture

Guest industry blog:
Dianne Fullelove, Industry Development Manager, Australian melon industry

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Fresh Produce Safety Centre announces Harvest Moon as a new supporter

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand today announced that Harvest Moon has joined the FPSC as a supporter.

The Chairman of the FPSC, Mr Michael Worthington, said: “We warmly welcome Harvest Moon to the growing list of supporters of the FPSC.” 

“Now, more than ever, food safety must be front and centre of our industry’s focus. Committing to a strong food safety culture and practice in fresh produce businesses is always important, but the current crisis demands an even higher level of food safety commitment. We are delighted that Harvest Moon is demonstrating industry leadership through its support for the FPSC,” Mr Worthington said.

Harvest Moon is a privately-owned produce company with operations in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, supplying over 90,000 tonnes of vegetables and employing up to 300 people. Find more about Harvest Moon here.

Harvest Moon’s Managing Director Neil Armstrong said “We have joined the Fresh Produce Safety Centre because Harvest Moon has always regarded a strong food safety culture as central to our success. The work that the Centre has done and is continuing to do supports our industry in enhancing the safety of the fresh produce we grow.”

Harvest Moon 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: Harvest Moon | GS1 Australia | 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.

US: Advocate for change to establish a Food Safety Culture

FoodSafetyTech: Presenting the potential damages of being linked to a foodborne outbreak is a great place to start. It typically will open the eyes and slightly intimidate each audience member. After all, executives and board members do not like to hear “profit loss”, “stock plunge”, and “tainted brand image”.

Read the full article at the FoodSafetyTech website

AU: Food quality boss triumphs as ‘a woman and a black lady’ orchardist

ABC News: As a technical manager at Geoffrey Thompson Holdings in Shepparton, northern Victoria, Ms Oladele was often mistaken for a backpacker looking for fruit picking work. She said two things had worked against her. “[Being] a woman and a black lady,” she laughed. “My end theme is to make sure the customer gets their fruit for the fruit bowl, of the right quality,” she said.

Read the full article at the ABC News website

AU: Food Safety Culture Connections

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Welcome to the second edition of Food Safety Culture Connections. Read about Simplot Australia’s keys to improving culture as presented by National Quality Manager Phoebe Dowling to the 2017 FPSC Food Safety Conference. Other items include the Culture Maturity Model by Dr Lone Jespersen, also from last year’s conference, and the two sides of the culture program at Safe Food Production Queensland by CEO Dr Barbara Wilson.

Read the full article at the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website

AU: Food Safety Culture – Where do I start?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: FSANZ has developed some easy-to-use tools and resources to help businesses and regulators work together to improve food safety culture, through a 3-step process: Know, Do, Follow through.

US: Six reasons why your food safety culture sucks

LinkedIn: A poor food safety culture is perhaps the biggest risk factor that we tend to ignore. We continue to spend money on training when no one cares and preach food safety policy when no one is listening. Consider Marsha, a line operator who has been with your company for three years.

Read the full article at the LinkedIn website

AU: At a glance – What is food safety culture all about?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand: Food safety culture in an organisation is how everyone (owners, managers, employees) thinks and acts in their job to make sure that the food they make or serve is safe.

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US: The human element of food safety

Food Business News: Frank Yiannas, author and vice-president of food safety for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said he believes the “soft sciences” outlined in his newest book, “Food Safety = Behavior: 30 Proven Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance,” hold the answer to changing the face of food safety for the better.

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VN: Ho Chi Minh City embraces farmer-run safe produce market

Tuoi Tre News: A farmer direct market organized in Ho Chi Minh City is providing consumers with more reliable access to safe food.

Nguyen Thi Loan recently took part in a market session along with her three neighbors, offering for sale their 30-kilogram carload of Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS)-certified produce.

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