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Seventh FPSANZ monthly newsletter out now!

The seventh edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

In this edition:

  • Institute of Food Technologists Launches Global Food Traceability Center
  • Emerging Pathogens: E. Coli O104:H4
  • Number of severe E. coli strains grows
  • Changes to the MRLS for Blueberries and Raspberries – FSANZ

…and more!

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Sixth FPSANZ monthly newsletter out now!

The sixth edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

In this edition:

  • Ten Lessons Learnt from the CPS Research Symposium 2013
  • Over $120,000 Pledged so far, it’s not too late to support the FPSC!
  • Summary Report of FPS A&NZ 2012/13
  • Know the bugs that cause foodborne illness
  • Congratulations Allan Dall – HACCP Award Winner!

…and more!

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Report summarising the outcomes of 2012/13 of the FPS A&NZ

The FPS A&NZ have made available the final report summarising the outcomes from the project “A New Collaborative Paradigm for Fresh Produce Safety”. This project was funding by the University of Sydney and the Produce Marketing Association Australia and New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) with matched funding from the Australian Government, accessed through Horticulture Australia Limited.

You can download the report here and read about the outcomes of the many activities conducted in the year.

Pathogen-busting films created with high flavanol cocoa

Researchers have created antimicrobial packaging films containing high flavanol cocoa extracts that they say inhibits the growth of pathogens like listeria, E-coli and salmonella in food products.

This could have wide spread appeal across the food industry. This particular research by Catalayud and her team developed the film and tested it in an infant  formula package against various food born illnesses. The research was published in the journal Food Chemistry.

To read more about this article, written by Oliver Nieburg, click here.

New Presentation: “Fresh Produce Safety: A Collaborative Model” Summary by Dr. Robyn McConchie

A presentation delivered at PMA Fresh Connections last month by Dr. Robyn McConchie provides a summary of the the outcomes achieved by FPS A&NZ.

Click here to view the presentation.

Over the past year the program has raised awareness of the risks involved in food safety through a number of avenues:

After this Survey, it was established that the industry did want and need a Fresh Produce Safety Centre. How it will operate, what its roles will be and where to from here can all be seen in the full presentation by Dr. McConchie.

Fourth FPSANZ monthly newsletter out now!

The fourth edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

In this edition:

  • Find out about the Fresh Produce Safety Centre at PMA Fresh Connections
  • Visit the FOOD SAFETY HUB, booth #61
  • SURVEY RESULTS: Does the Industry need a Fresh Produce Safety Centre?
  • Fresh produce safety important to industry: recognising young professional with award.

…and more!

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Fresh produce safety important to industry: recognising young professional with award.

The entire fruit and vegetable industry shares the responsibility of providing customers with healthy and safe food and recent young professional award demonstrates the importance fresh produce safety has in the industry.

The Australian Institute for Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST) awarded the 2013 Young Professional in Agricultural Industry Award to Erika Watson, Fresh Produce Safety Project Officer at the University of Sydney. 

In this role, Erika has been working towards the establishment a Fresh Produce Safety Centre, which will be dedicated to improving food safety for the fresh fruit and vegetable industries.

FPS A&NZ is a collaborative project funded by PMA A-NZ and the University of Sydney with matched funds from the government through HAL, and has been maintaining momentum towards this goal.

Outcomes have included a national forum with guest speakers from The Center for Produce Safety, UC Davis and PMA US, outreach activities such as the launch of the FPS A&NZ website, the monthly newsletter, an industry survey, and presentations at the Freshcare workshop, identifying research priorities and a call for research proposals and finally the inaugural Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections where delegates can find out more about the proposed Fresh Produce Safety Centre.

To read the full story about Erika and the AIAST award, click here.

SURVEY RESULTS: Does the Industry need a Fresh Produce Safety Centre?

A primary objective for FPS A&NZ was to scope out the feasibility for a dedicated body to identify research needs and provide appropriate food safety solutions for the Australian fresh produce Industry.

FPS A&NZ has made strong progress towards this objective and it was decided to survey the industry to determine the level of support for the establishment of a Fresh Produce Safety Centre. The survey was sent to the entire list of individuals who have registered to receive regular newsletters from FPS A&NZ, representing a large range of sectors in the fresh produce industry.

The survey contained questions aimed at gauging  industry’s in-principle support for the establishment of a Fresh Produce Safety Centre; whether the University of Sydney was an appropriate ‘base’ for the Centre; what should be the overarching role of the Centre; and what were the priorities for food safety research.

From the responses, there was overwhelming support, in principle, for the establishment of a Fresh Produce Safety Centre (98%) and for it to be “housed” at the University of Sydney (95%).

The survey also revealed that the role of the proposed Centre was to call and manage research in food safety and importantly to provide industry wide education and information and news on fresh produce safety, while representing the industry on regulatory matters was the most unpopular role for the Centre.  Results like this provide information that will assist in ensuring that the roles of other organisations will not be duplicated.

Research priorites needed to address the gaps in knowledge in food safety covers a wide variety of areas, but the top three topics as chosen by the respondents were Microbial contamination on-farm followed by topics Pathogens in the postharvest supply chain and Water – Postharvest.

The survey unequivocally indicated that there is widespread support for the establishment of a Fresh Produce Safety Centre for the whole fresh fruit and vegetable industries that will identify and conduct industry-driven research projects and provide valuable information, education and outreach on all aspects of fresh produce safety.

Download the full survey report here.

Third FPSANZ monthly newsletter out now!

The third edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

In this edition:

  • Introducing the FPS A&NZ Technical Committee
  • FPS A&NZ hosting Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections!
  • What happened at the Freshcare Workshop? Find out from the team.
  • “What’s new in Food Safety for you?” Presentation available.

…and more!

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FRESHCARE WORKSHOP: Summary from the Freshcare team.

The recent Freshcare Workshop, held in Sydney, brought together experts from grower organizations, research institutions, retailers, wholesalers, auditors and trainers for two days of presentations, workshop sessions and networking opportunities.

Presentations from Horticulture Australia (HAL), University of Sydney and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) provided the latest information about the new US food safety regulations, food safety research priorities and the direction of food standards here in Australia.

The biennial Freshcare Workshop brings together our stakeholders and experts from many fields to provide a forum for both professional development and for the exchange of ideas and information; helping us improve the certification programs we provide to industry.” said Clare Hamilton Bate, National Program Manager, Freshcare.

Over the two days, the delegates also received highly valuable and detailed updates  on all aspects of the Freshcare Codes of Practice, including:

• Freshcare Food Safety and Quality

• Freshcare Environmental

• Freshcare Environmental – Viticulture

• Freshcare Environmental – Winery

“We covered a huge amount in the two-day workshop and feedback from delegates has been very positive.” Clare said. 

 Freshcare are making many exciting program developments, including discussion on the accreditation and international benchmarking (Global Food Safety Initiative – GFSI) of the Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Code and the development of online training resources.

Clare added, “Now the hard work begins, converting all the plans and ideas into practical tools, to benefit our most important stakeholder group – the growers, packers and wider industry for whom Freshcare is the key to compliance in both food safety and environmental assurance”.

Presentations and session overviews will be made available shortly.

For more information on any aspect of the Freshcare Program contact:
Freshcare Ltd
Web: freshcare.com.au
Email: info@freshcare.com.au
Tel: 1300 853 508