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Food safety governance – it’s not a QA role

Guest industry blog:
Dr Barry McGookin, FIAL

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FPSC A&NZ monthly newsletter out now!

The September 2020 edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand newsletter has just been released!

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FPSC 2025 Innovation Agenda: Review of the Audit Process

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Comment on the FPSC 2025 Innovation Agenda: Review of the Audit Process

The FPSC undertook this project to identify processes, ideas and strategies – both globally and from within our region – that may have the potential to transform and improve the audit process. We hope that you find the report informative, and we trust it will provide our industry with the impetus for a debate on what innovations can be introduced to improve our food compliance system.

Read the report summary.
Read the full report.

We are seeking industry input in the following ways:

  • Review the recommendations in the report and advise of your response to these.
  • Identify the TOP FIVE areas in the audit system you would like to see innovative action on.

Please submit comments by 25 September 2020.

Email your response to or use the form below:

IE: Irish authorities probe salad link in crypto outbreak

Food Safety News: Officials in Ireland are investigating an outbreak of cryptosporidium linked to a salad that has affected more than 40 people. The Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Department of Public Health East was notified of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in the Dublin and Wicklow area. To date, 42 cases have been notified; with the onset of symptoms occurring over a 14 day period from July 15. More here.

US: US stores recall onions amid salmonella outbreaks

BBC: US stores are recalling onions over contamination fears amid a salmonella outbreak that has caused over 600 people to fall ill. On 1 August, Thomson International recalled their red, yellow and white onions that had been shipped across all 50 US states and Canada since 1 May. Salmonella cases have been reported in 43 states as well as Canada. More here.

Draft Traceability Guidelines for New Zealand

Guest industry blog:
United Fresh New Zealand

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AU: Hort Innovation Labour Workforce Survey

From Hort Innovation: Hort Innovation recently began collaborating with Ernst & Young to conduct research to understand the seasonal workforce in the horticulture sector, and the long-term impacts of COVID-19.

A quick survey has been designed to gather information from growers about seasonal labour requirements. In particular, the challenges you’re facing to access seasonal workforce as a result of COVID-19, and the impact of border closures and restricted mobility.

Please submit your response by 10 August 2020.

The survey can be accessed here:

Please note that the data collected through this work is strictly confidential but will play an important role in understanding and addressing our industry’s labour requirements.


PMA A-NZ: Crisis Management in the Fresh Produce Sector

PMA A-NZ is holding a two-hour crisis management webinar on 13 August 2020 for PMA A-NZ members (free) and interested non-members ($80). Topics to be covered include: Anatomy of a crisis, learnings from a crisis, and case studies; Preparing a crisis management plan; and Crisis response and crisis communication. More here.

SEA: WHO framework targets improved food safety in South East Asia

Food Safety News: The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified key priorities to improve food safety in the next five years in South East Asia.

The Framework for Action on Food Safety in the WHO South-East Asia Region covers 2020 to 2025 and has guidance for authorities across the food chain and those involved in food safety emergencies, preparedness and response. Several countries are included. More here.