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Were you spotted at the Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections, 2013?

Fresh Produce Safety Australia and New Zealand (FPS A&NZ) were proud to join several key organisations to  host the first-ever Food Safety Hub, at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show in Sydney last week. The Food Safety Hub was a one-stop-shop providing information for delegates wanting to know more about food safety for fresh produce. Were you spotted at the Food Safety Hub?

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With thanks to PMA Fresh Connections for providing us with these images.

FPS A&NZ wishes to thank the following key organisations for their participation in the Food Safety Hub:

  • AUSQUAL Pty Ltd. – A certification body accredited by JAS-ANZ, providing quality management and food safety (HACCP) management systems.
  • Freshcare – Australia’s on farm assurance program offering training, implementation, certification and support programs.
  • GS1 Australia – Administers the global GS1 System of supply chain standards in Australia across 22 industry sectors, including the launch of the new GS1 GoScan iPhone App providing consumers with authorised and trusted food product information, and the new GS1DataBar to improve management of fresh foods.
  • BSI incorporating NCSI – Offering businesses certification, risk management, business improvement and assurance.
  • SAI Global – Providing information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement.
  • SGS Australia – A global company, provide industry leading inspection, verification, testing and certification services.
  • TQA Australia –Key management consultants to agribusiness in Australia, providing advice in a range of disciplines including food safety and quality assurance, environmental assurance, occupational health and safety, strategic planning and professional development.

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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Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

Visit the FOOD SAFETY HUB at PMA Fresh Connections

Don’t miss the FOOD SAFETY HUB at PMA Fresh Connections this year!

 PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show will be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, in Sydney’s Darling Harbour from 11-13th June 2013.

The time is fast approaching, the trade show opens on the 12th June 2013 and the Food Safety Hub is bound to be buzzing.

Food safety and traceability are very important and highly relevant to all businesses in the fresh produce supply chain. Be sure to visit the Food Safety Hub to get all you need to know or contact the organisations on the booth to arrange a meeting at the Trade Show.

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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!

Click here to check out the newsletter.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community by signing up for the monthly newsletter.

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

“Whats new in food safety for you?” presentation now available.

At the recent Freshcare Workshop 11-12 April 2013, Associate Professor Robyn McConchie (USyd) delivered a presentation on "Whats new in Food Safety for you?"

The presentation was based on information provided by Dr Bob Whitaker (PMA) and Ms Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli (CPS) and summarises some of the food safety research made available at the Center for Produce Safety 2012 Research Symposium.

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Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections, 2013

Fresh Produce Safety Australia and New Zealand (FPS A&NZ) are proud to be hosting the first Food Safety Hub along with several key organisations, at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show in Sydney this year. The Food Safety Hub will be one-stop-shop providing information for delegates wanting to know more about food safety for fresh produce.

“The Food Safety Hub aims to raise awareness of food safety and traceability among all stakeholders of the Australian and New Zealand fresh produce industry.” said Michael Worthington, CEO PMA A-NZ.

He went on to say ” This collaborative effort demonstrates a commitment to food safety and highlights how important food safety and traceability are for all businesses in the fresh produce supply chain”.

FPS A&NZ are excited to announce that along with FPS A&NZ representatives, several key organisations will be contributing to the success of the Food Safety Hub including:

  • AUSQUAL Pty Ltd. – A certification body accredited by JAS-ANZ, providing quality management and food safety (HACCP) management systems.
  • Freshcare – Australia’s on farm assurance program offering training, implementation, certification and support programs.
  • GS1 Australia – Administers the global GS1 System of supply chain standards in Australia across 22 industry sectors, including the launch of the new GS1 GoScan iPhone App providing consumers with authorised and trusted food product information, and the new GS1DataBar to improve management of fresh foods.
  • NCS International – Offering businesses certification, risk management, business improvement and assurance.
  • SAI Global – Providing information services and solutions for managing risk, achieving compliance and driving business improvement.
  • SGS Australia – A global company, provide industry leading inspection, verification, testing and certification services.
  • TQA Australia –Key management consultants to agribusiness in Australia, providing advice in a range of disciplines including food safety and quality assurance, environmental assurance, occupational health and safety, strategic planning and professional development.

FPS A&NZ will provide you with:

  • access to research in fresh produce safety,
  • allow you to identify food safety research priorities and
  • updates on the aims of the initiative of a collaborative paradigm to fresh produce safety.

“Fresh produce safety and traceability applies to all aspects of the supply chain in the fruit and vegetable industry, including growers, packers, processors, wholesalers, fresh produce retailers and distributors, ” said Robyn McConchie, University of Sydney, all of which have a responsibility to supply consumers with food that is healthy and safe.”