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Listeria in fresh produce. Are we any the wiser?

‘The role of food safety staff must go beyond compliance and keeping the regulatory guys happy,’ said Suresh DeCosta, Director of Food Safety, Lipman Family Farms (USA) and Technical Committee, Center for Produce Safety (USA), at the 5th Annual Fresh Produce Safety Conference in Sydney last week.

The number of deaths from the 2017 listeriosis outbreak in South Africa reached 216, making it the most lethal outbreak in history. The source was cured meats.

On a much smaller scale, Australia recently experienced lethal outbreaks traced to cheese and rockmelons. While the number of recorded hospitalised cases in Australia is low – around 70 a year – Listeria continues to be a major problem for the food industry, and a priority theme for the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand.

Microbiologist Dr Robert Premier explained there are 17 species of Listeria but most are harmless and only two are implicated in human infections. Read more

AU: Woolworths, Coles and Aldi sliced mushrooms recalled over potential plastic hazard

ABC News: Punnets of sliced white and brown mushrooms are being recalled from across the country due to the potential presence of large pieces of white plastic.

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US: Outbreaks bring sense of urgency to food safety symposium

Chris Kroger / The Packer: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The backgrounds of scientists and their areas of focus at the Center for Produce Safety’s ninth annual symposium were certainly diverse, but presentation after presentation laid down a basic message: shared knowledge is critical.

Read the full article at The Packer

AU: Food safety becoming a serious issue for South Australians

Australian Institute of Food Safety: 2017 was one of the worst years in recent history for food poisoning cases in SA. Does it need to come into line with the stricter requirements of other states?

Read the full article at the Australian Institute of Food Safety website

AU: Yet another cruise ship gastro outbreak

Australian Institute of Food Safety: It’s proving difficult to keep track of gastroenteritis outbreaks on cruise ships these days with 6 outbreaks being reported in Australian waters within the last 12 months. In the latest incident, approximately 200 passengers on the Sea Princess, a cruise ship bound for Brisbane from New Zealand, were struck with norovirus.

Read the full article at the AIFST website

UK: Food safety paramount for Chinese online shoppers of imported food

Undercurrent News: Based on an online survey of 1,259 Chinese consumers, the survey finds food safety and product quality rank ahead of trust in e-commerce platforms; attractive prices; convenience; and being accustomed to shopping online, among the factors which determine Chinese shoppers’ purchases.

Read the full article at undercurrentnews.com

UK: Red Tractor fresh produce to be recognised by two major food assurance schemes

Farminguk: Tesco has announced that from the beginning of April 2018 it will recognise Red Tractor’s standards as equivalent to its Nurture scheme. International assurance body GLOBALG.A.P. also confirmed that as a result of its own benchmarking exercise the requirement for a further farm assessment has been removed.

Read the full article at farminguk.com

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.

AU: Australians feed Singapore’s appetite for brocoli

The Australian: President George W. Bush famously hated it but it seems most of the world can’t get enough broccoli. Particularly affluent consumers in Singapore [..] rushing to buy Australian-grown fresh fruit and vegetables rather than cheaper product mainly from China, where proper chemical use and food safety are hard to guarantee.

Read the full article by Sue Neales at The Australian

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US: LGMA prepares for new federal food safety regulations

Western Farm Press: The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements in Arizona and California are working on new and updated standardized protocols ahead of Food Safety Modernization Act deadline.

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