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Outbreaks a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’: the Hep A crisis & tools to minimise risk, by Richard Bennett

Australia’s food safety and quality assurance standards are widely recognised as being world-leading. We are fortunate that not many serious outbreaks have occurred in Australia, however as the frozen berries hepatitis crisis that has been unfolding over the last two weeks has shown, outbreaks of this nature...

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You’ll be hearing more about the Global Food Safety Initiative, writes Richard Bennett

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a global food industry initiative to improve food safety for consumers and an opportunity for networking, knowledge exchange and information sharing. All parts of the value chain, from producers to retail, and all the food safety support services, are engaged.

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Intentional contamination should come as no surprise, but are you prepared?” asks Richard Bennett

It’s a sad reflection of society that there are people out there who, for reasons best known to themselves, seek to injure consumers and destroy the reputation of supply chain members by intentionally contaminating produce.

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Richard Bennett’s recap of 2014 & Top 5 Food Safety, Traceability & Technology Trends for 2015

As this will be the final blog for 2014, it’s worth reflecting on 2014 and having a prediction of what 2015 might bring. At least with the past, we’ve got facts to go on. From a foodborne illness and recall point of view, it’s been the quietest year for quite a few. There have been only nine…

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The HACCP Mentor Reveals the Top 10 Food Safety Audit Non-Conformances, writes Richard Bennett

Amanda Evans is the HACCP Mentor. After 20 years working in food safety compliance, as a trainer, auditor, author and food business consultant, she’s as qualified as anyone and better qualified than most to speak on food safety audit non-conformance. And that’s what she did well at the 21st Australian…

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Don’t risk it: Risk Ranger and other risk assessment tools, writes Richard Bennett

Undertaking an assessment of each significant hazard posed by inputs and processes is fundamental to effective management of food safety in any business. Overlooking the potential impact of a hazard can lead to disaster, and it’s fair to say that many of the major and minor cases of foodborne illness and…

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“A timely reminder on temperature management” writes Richard Bennett

November 9-16 is Food Safety Week in Australia. This year’s theme is “Avoid the Temperature Danger Zone – keeping hot food hot and cold food cold”. In fresh produce, our first thought about temperature management is usually related to maintaining freshness. The warmer the product the…

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“So, why don’t we have a food safety regulation for Australian growers?” asks Richard Bennett

I haven’t found many growers who like regulation. The very thought of another regulation conjures up responses around more red or green tape, if it has to be regulated then it must be something I wouldn’t do voluntarily, it can’t have any commercial benefit, more bureaucracy wanting more of my…

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Influenza pandemic will impact on fresh and processed produce industry, writes Richard Bennett

On 23rd September, SBS ONE’s Insight program ran a hypothetical-style question and answer forum on the subject of the impact of an influenza pandemic on the Australian community. The discussion included the health sector response, the rush to produce an effective vaccine, the role of emergency services, the impact on the Australian economy and how we would maintain the supply of food to the Australian population.

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“Learn from the past, because history has a habit of repeating itself” writes Richard Bennett

What’s the difference between a serious typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1964 and the tragic – was it cucumber or sprouts? – E. coli outbreak in Germany in 2011? Not a lot according to this article and the even worse news is that major foodborne illness outbreaks are most likely to happen…

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Image credit: E. coli with flagella by AJ Cann CC BY-SA 2.0