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Welcome to the sixth edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Australia & New Zealand newsletter!
Here's what's happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community this month...

Ten lessons learnt from CPS Research Symposium 2013

Photo by Mike Lamond, Rural Press.
The symposium featured sixteen CPS-funded research programs and discussions on what the research means.

While the full technical reports for these research programs can be found on the CPS website, PMA’s Dr. Bob Whitaker, chief science and technology officer, and Dr. Jim Gorny, vice president food safety and technology, translated the research to identify ten key lessons learned from the symposium.

Click here to view the 10 lessons from the CPS Research Symposium.

To access and watch the presentations by Dr Bob Whitaker and Dr Jim Gorny on these lessons, please click here.

Over $120,000 in pledges made to the FPSC so far!

We would like to most sincerely thank those who have already pledged financial support for the establishment of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC). A special newsletter will be released in a fortnight announcing those committed to safe food in the fresh produce industry.

To meet our funding target for the full establishment of the FPSC, we are now developing a proposal to leverage funds through a Voluntary Contribution (VC) Project with Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) to gain matched funding from the Australian Government. 
It's not too late to pledge your support!
Commitment to this initiative strengthens collaboration on the critical issue of food safety in the fresh produce industry and builds on the food safety culture that is developing in the region.
The FPSC will be dedicated to improving food safety outcomes for the entire fresh fruit and vegetable industries of Australia and New Zealand. 
Your company/organisation will be publicly recognised in all material by the FPSC, including the website, newsletters and media.
There are four levels that companies can contribute support to the FPSC, cut off for this call for support ends the 15 September 2013.  

Click here for more information.
Please email: info@freshproducesafety-anz.com

Report summarising the outcomes of 2012/13 of the FPS A&NZ

The FPS A&NZ have made available the final report summarising the outcomes from the project "A New Collaborative Paradigm for Fresh Produce Safety". This project was funding by the University of Sydney and the Produce Marketing Association Australia and New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) with matched funding from the Australian Government, accessed through Horticulture Australia Limited.

You can download the report here and read about the outcomes of the many activities conducted in the year.

Know the bugs that cause foodborne illness.

Food Standards Australia & New Zealand (FSANZ) have released the second edition of “Agents of Foodborne illness” (June 2013).

This publication is intended for the food industry, food safety consultants and food regulators. It contains information about pathogens that cause foodborne illness, including bacteria, viruses, parasites and infectious prion particles. The sections contain information about:
  • growth and survival characteristics
  • symptoms of disease
  • virulence factors
  • epidemiological data including a summary of large, well-document outbreaks
  • occurrence in food
  • susceptible populations
  • dose-response relationship
download a copy of  Agents of Foodborne Illness (2nd Edition, 2013).

Congratulations Allan Dall - HACCP Award Winner!

Allan Dall, General Manager NSW, Barden Produce, is the proud winner of the Outstanding Individual Award at the 20th Australian HACCP Conference held in Melbourne on August 28, 2013.
 â€œThe Barden Produce team and I are really passionate about delivering fresh food within 24 hours of harvest." Allan said.

"We’re proud that we’re consistently at the top of our game with the latest systems and operations that not only meet, but exceed, industry and global standards. It’s great to be recognised by Advancing Food Safety, SAI Global for the work that we love to do".

Congratulations Allan Dall and the team at Barden Produce!
 
Click here to read the full story.

“What’s New” on the website

The Fresh Produce Safety – Australia & New Zealand website provides open access to actionable information needed for fresh produce businesses and government to continually enhance the safety and quality of fruit and vegetables. Go to â€œWhat’s New”  on the Fresh Produce Safety A&NZ website for all our most recent news and updates.

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