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US: FDA says poor records stalled outbreak work; feedlot likely source of E. coli

Food Safety News: Federal officials won’t say definitively that contaminated canal water was behind this year’s deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but they are saying they “found no evidence in support of alternative explanations.” Another point made clear in an outbreak investigation report released yesterday puts the FDA firmly on record when it comes to antiquated shipping and receiving recordkeeping used by many in the leafy greens industry.

NZ: How to Determine the Shelf Life of Food

NZ Ministry for Primary Industries: This guidance document has been developed to help operators to determine the shelf life of their food products and to apply the appropriate date marking. It provides useful information to assist operators preparing and handling foods for retail sale. Any legal requirements are shown in boxes with quotation marks.

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AU: One in three Australian households at risk of potentially deadly Listeria infection

Food Safety Information Council: The Food Safety Information Council today released national Omnipoll research that shows that one in three Australians are either at risk of getting the potentially fatal Listeria infection themselves or live in a household with someone at risk. Rachelle Williams, FSIC Chair, said that this research shows a third of these people who are at risk, or living with someone at risk, had never heard of Listeria infection and two in ten of these couldn’t name any of the foods they needed to avoid or cook to prevent Listeria infection.

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AEON First Asian Retailer to Label GGN

GLOBALG.A.P.: The Japanese AEON Group will become the first retailer to sell products in Asia with the GGN consumer label, thus showing that the products are supplied from farms that have obtained GLOBALG.A.P. certification for good agricultural practices. As of October 2018, AEON and AEON STYLE general merchandise stores, MaxValu supermarkets, and other AEON Group stores across Japan have begun selling GGN-labeled bananas, potatoes, and onions under AEON’s private brand “Topvalu”.

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AU: Paper towels or air hand dryers: Which is better for the environment and hygiene?

ABC News: Given a choice, what do you use: a paper towel or an electric hand dryer? Or do you wipe your hands on your jeans and walk out the door? The paper-towel-vs-hand-dryer debate makes headlines whenever a study comes out in favour of   one or the other. Look at who doles out the money for these studies, though, and you’ll see it’s usually the “winning” side. Still, universities and research institutions do (hopefully) conduct the research independently, even if they receive industry funding. So let’s take a look at what they say.

NZ: New Food Safety Guide Released

New Zealand Food Safety: New Zealand Food Safety today released a new publication that provides foundation food safety information for directors, executives and owners of food businesses. New Zealand Food Safety’s director of food regulation, Paul Dansted says the guide, entitled Food safety: Good governance guide for directors, executives and business owners, has been developed with the support of the Institute of Directors and is designed to assist directors, executives and business owners understand their responsibilities in relation to food safety and to improve food safety culture in their businesses.

AU: Australia’s agricultural traceability strengthened with new project

Food & Beverage Magazine: A national traceability project, which will help Australian farmers show the origins and quality of their produce, is underway. ​Australian minister for agriculture, David Littleproud, said the project would enhance trust in Australian-grown products and give farmers a competitive edge. ​”We’ll be able to more easily find where a biosecurity or food safety problem began so an isolated incident won’t impact a whole industry,” said Littleproud.

US: Blockchain webinar: Discover the possibilities

PMA: Blockchain continues to be a hot topic, and it has developed beyond pilot programs to practical applications in the industry. In a recent webinar, we discussed how blockchain is being used today by retailers, grower-shippers and technology solution providers. This webinar includes; a recap of what blockchain is; how blockchain is being utilized to address today’s supply chain issues; and opportunities, challenges and recommendations to get started with a blockchain program.

United Fresh NZ Survey: Take Five

United Fresh NZ: We are now conducting a survey to provide an understanding of how Traceability systems operate in the domestic fresh produce industry. We would appreciate five minutes of your time to complete this survey. You can do so via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J8P6D8T Closing date for this survey is Friday 16th November 2018.

Food Safety Culture Webinar – Take It Seriously

Food Safety Culture Webinar: Thursday 15 November, 12noon – 1pm (AEDT) / 2pm – 3pm (NZDT)

Food safety culture is the product of shared values, beliefs and norms that affect mindset and behaviour towards food safety across an organisation.

Dr Pieternel Luning, a visiting professor from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, will present her findings and suggest practical strategies to strengthen food safety culture. She will address what good food safety culture looks like (for businesses large and small), the key steps to get there, and how businesses can measure the benefits of a good food safety culture.

  • Webinar: To watch, listen, speak and post – click here

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