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FPSC Conference – Save the date

10 August 2016
The FPSC will be holding its third annual conference in Sydney on 10 August 2016. With the theme of Innovation in fresh food safety, the conference will provide vital information and networking opportunities for all those in the fresh produce industry. Put 10 August in your diary now. Subscribe to our newsletter for information on sponsorship opportunities the conference program.

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US: Study looks at lettuce grown near livestock

The Packer: Lettuce grown too close to livestock production areas can be at greater risk of pathogen contamination. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by scientists at New York’s Clarkson University, “Bioaerosol Deposition to Food Crops near Manure Application: Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment.”

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UK: Video: Managing unannounced audits under GFSI standards

International Food Safety and Quality Network: The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) an industry-driven global collaborative platform to advance food safety and their GFSI Standards are something that is respected by those that work in the food industry. But even though they have the respect of many, it does not mean that their unannounced audits come welcomed. This web seminar to help you always be prepared for the surprise auditors and what you can do to have your food business maintain good food safety practices.

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CA: Phage-based bioactive paper a safe Breakthrough for detecting bacterial pathogens in food

Global Food Safety Resource: Bacteriophages (phages) have been deployed as a promising technology to control the growth of various foodborne bacteria since their discovery early in the 20th Century. Lytic phages are viruses—mostly from 20 to 200 nanometres in diameter—that can infect and replicate within bacteria in a strain-specific manner. When a key number of phages accumulate in the cell, they will lyse (dissolve) the bacterial cells. The key to their specificity are the proteins in their tail fibres which recognize receptors on the surfaces of bacterial cell walls.

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US: Western Growers’ $1 million contribution pushes CPS research campaign past halfway mark

Center for Produce Safety (US): Western Growers has committed $1 million to the Center for Produce Safety’s (CPS) Campaign for Produce Safety, officials from both organizations have announced. Western Growers’ contribution brings total campaign commitments to more than $10 million – over halfway toward CPS’s goal.

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AU: Peeling vegetables: is it necessary?

Huffington Post: When making a meal at home, many of us have the habit of peeling all our veggies — pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, everything. But do we really need to? Considering we waste $8 billion of food each year, with the average household throwing out one in five grocery bags per week, couldn’t we simply stop peeling our veggies? Many might dislike the idea of not peeling veggies for fear of food safety, but it’s not as much of a concern as we think.

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SA: Microbiological food safety status of commercially produced tomatoes from production to marketing

Journal of Food Protection: Tomatoes have been implicated in various microbial disease outbreaks and are considered a potential vehicle for foodborne pathogens. Traceback studies mostly implicate contamination during production and/or processing. The microbiological quality of commercially produced tomatoes was thus investigated from the farm to market, focusing on the impact of contaminated irrigation and washing water, facility sanitation, and personal hygiene. A total of 905 samples were collected from three largescale commercial farms from 2012 through 2014.

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US: Project assesses food safety impacts of delays between pistachio harvest and drying

Center for Produce Safety: Even with the best-laid plans, delays can happen during pistachio harvest and post-harvest handling. Not only can the slowdowns reduce overall nut processing efficiency and quality, but they also may have food safety implications. A two-year research project led by Dr. Linda Harris, Cooperative Extension specialist in microbial food safety, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, examined the potential for those delays to increase food safety risks.

The data generated are being used to develop a model that could be used by the U.S. pistachio industry to assess delays during harvest. A separate objective has generated thermal processing data that will assist the pistachio industry in meeting the new preventative controls rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act, Harris said. Her work was guided by input from several of California’s pistachio processors.

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US: Which food is most likely to give you Salmonella?

The Daily Meal: Salmonella poisoning, or salmonellosis, is an illness inspired by the consumption of one of over 2,000 foodborne salmonella strains. “Salmonella infection usually occurs when a person eats food contaminated with the feces of animals or humans carrying the bacteria,” says Foodborne Illness.

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NZ: Golden apple industry on its way to $1 billion target

NZ Herald: When Hawke’s Bay orchardist Lesley Wilson began growing apples close to 30 years ago, “paperwork” meant keeping a cashbook and a box of receipts. Now, she says she could fill a room with compliance folders — and that’s part of the reason why the industry has performed so strongly in recent years.

Wilson says all those folders mean the industry now has the ability to jump through various compliance and quarantine requirements to find lucrative markets for its apples.

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