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AU: Dump the dumps to avoid listeria potential, rockmelon growers told

Queensland Country Life: Converting water-holding “dump tanks” to dry dumps has emerged as a common recommendation for rockmelon growers in order to prevent another listeria outbreak. Growers have also been advised on correct cleaning practices and encouraged to embrace automation to further avoid a repeat of the listeria outbreak which crippled the industry a year ago.

AU: Allergen information concern: Half of all adverse reactions occur in products without warning labels

Foodnavigator-Asia: More than half of all cases of anaphylaxis or food allergy reactions featured in a new study occurred after the consumption of products that failed to contain any allergen warning labels, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne.

FR: Australia and New Zealand Create a GFSI Local Group to Elevate Food Safety and Consumer Trust

PR Newswire: The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is pleased to announce the formation of a Local Group in Australia and New Zealand as part of its regional outreach model. The new group, GFSI AusNZ, is the seventh GFSI Local Group, joining existing groups in Japan, China, Europe, US-Canada, Mexico and South Latam. Fifty local industry members have expressed interest in participating in the group, whose Steering Committee already comprises leading retailers, manufacturers and food service companies including Woolworths Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Coles Supermarkets, Kerry, Campbell Arnotts, Fonterra, McDonalds and Goodman Fielder.

UK: IBM launches blockchain platform in Melbourne, Australia

Software Testing News: IBM has successfully launched its blockchain platform in a data centre located in Melbourne, Australia, according to a ZDNet report published last Monday (Feb.11th). The platform will allow customers to run their applications on the cloud, provided that they abide by data sovereignty requirements. Colchester explained that the blockchain platform will be used to revolutionise the whole supply chain and food safety industry in Australia.

Fresh Produce Tampering: Prevent, Prepare, Respond

Auckland Workshop  Monday 4 March 2019

Join the Fresh Produce Safety Centre A-NZ team and United Fresh NZ on Monday 4 March at 2.30pm for an afternoon event that will help you and your organisation prevent, prepare and respond to future fresh produce food tampering.

Speakers include:

  • MPI Manager of Food Compliance, Melinda Sando & Communication Manager Sid Pickering
  • The Agrichain Centre Managing Director & United Fresh Food Safety Representative Anne-Marie Arts
  • Panel Session: United Fresh New Zealand Chair Jerry Prendergast & Foodstuffs Ltd Head of External Relations Antoinette Laird
  • FPSC A-NZ Chair Michael Worthington & Technical Manager Richard Bennett

What you will learn:

  • Better understanding across stakeholders of expectations and responsibilities
  • A window on best practice at each stage of the supply chain
  • Knowing who to contact if you suspect a tampering event
  • Improved compliance with food defence requirements in food safety standards
  • Improved attitude/culture – taking tampering seriously
  • Highlight another reason for optimum transparency
  • Understanding the associated incident management activity that the business may be required to manage

Networking drinks will follow this panel event.

To register please click here. This event is free for financial supporters of the FPSC A-NZ and members of United Fresh NZ.

Not a member? $50 to attend or pledge support of FPSC A-NZ here.

NZ: Woman admits putting needle in strawberry, sparking health alert

NZ Herald: A mother-of-two has admitted making up a story about finding a needle in strawberries bought from a New Zealand supermarket. Jaydean Temperley, 26, was charged last month with making a false complaint to police and by deception causing a $3565 loss for Pak’nSave supermarket, Timaru. The court heard how the supermarket destroyed 2040 punnets of strawberries following the initial complaint and police investigation.

NZ: Kiwis find chewing gum, lizards, pills in their food

Stuff: Condoms have been found in potato chips, used chewing gum in a kebab and medication tablets nestled in dried cranberries. They’re just some of the baffling things Kiwis have plucked out of their food over the past five years. And while some of it boils down to blunders by manufacturers, it can also be malicious and costly, industry bodies say.

AU: Strawberry tampering investigation report released

FSANZ: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released its report on the strawberry tampering incident, with key recommendations focusing on the need for improved communication during incidents, particularly those involving criminal matters. “The government has already acted in response to this incident by strengthening penalties for intentional contamination of food, and helping FSANZ progress their review into high-risk horticulture sectors," Mr Booth said.

NZ: New social practice standard on its way

Otago Daily Times: The first of two phases for launching a new social practice standard will soon be released as part of the New Zealand Good Agricultural Practice (NZGAP) quality assurance programme for certified horticulture businesses.

NZGAP quality system co-ordinator Katrina O’Connor said the new add-on standard would be included as part of the programme and indicated to domestic and overseas markets New Zealand producers were meeting their legislative requirements for employment, wages, worker welfare and immigration.

CH: Food tracking system established in 58 cities

Xinhuanet: A food tracking system involving 86,000 companies and 524,000 merchants has been established in 58 big- and medium-sized cities across China, a spokesman with the Ministry of Commerce has said. The tracking system covers commonly-consumed meats like pork and beef, over 500 kinds of vegetables and some fruits as well as aquatic products. The establishment of the tracking system will help ensure food safety for consumers, Gao Feng said at a press conference.