Information and resources on food safety practices and research for all stakeholders in the fresh produce industry.
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Welcome to the fifth edition of the Fresh Produce Safety Australia & New Zealand newsletter!
Here's what's happening in the Fresh Produce Safety community this month...

Were you spotted at the Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections, 2013?

Photo by Mike Lamond, Rural Press.
Fresh Produce Safety Australia and New Zealand (FPS A&NZ) were proud to join several key organisations to  host the first-ever Food Safety Hub, at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show in Sydney in early June.

The Food Safety Hub was a one-stop-shop providing information for delegates wanting to know more about food safety for fresh produce. 

FPS A&NZ wishes to thank the following key organisations for their participation in the Food Safety Hub and there ongoing work in Food Safety:
  • AUSQUAL Pty Ltd. 
  • Freshcare 
  • GS1 Australia 
  • BSI incorporating NCSI 
  • SAI Global 
  • SGS Australia 
  • TQA Australia
Read more on this.
Photograph by Mike Lamond, Rural Press.

“Fresh Produce Safety: A Collaborative Model” Presentation summarising 2012/2013 outcomes.

A presentation delivered at PMA Fresh Connections last month by Dr. Robyn McConchie provides a summary of the the outcomes achieved by FPS A&NZ.
Over the past year the program has raised awareness of the risks involved in food safety through a number of avenues:
  • Forum: Building a New Paradigm
  • Development of this website with a monthly newsletter
  • Formed a partnership with the CPS in the US on funding research and also sharing of information 
  • Identify the most pressing research needs of the industry at Biennial Freshcare Workshop
  • Conducted an industry survey - Does Industry need a Fresh Produce Safety Centre?
Download the presentation

Fresh Produce Safety Centre - seeking your support.

There has been overwhelming in-principle support from the entire fresh produce industry and from regulatory bodies such as FSANZ and State Authorities for the establishment of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC). 

We are now seeking your support to turn this in-principle support into the reality of establishing the FPSC to:
  • securing and managing research funds
  • leveraging research funding
  • managing the industry-driven research projects
  • maintaining the website
  • providing education, communication and information
All contributors to the FPSC will be prominently recognised and promoted on the website, in newsletters, at forums and in all general communication by the FPSC.

This is an exciting industry-driven initiative where the outcomes will be owned by you, but it does need your support so please share this email with your colleagues in your business. 

Click here for more information.

There are four levels that companies can contribute support to the FPSC, Please email:

What happened at the CPS 2013 Research Symposium?

Brief Report on the research presented on the first day of the CPS Research Symposium. 

The CPS at the University of Davis has been very supportive of the initiatives in Australia to establish an affiliated Fresh Produce Safety Centre. Over the past year they have very generously shared their research outcomes, they have given presentations to our industry, and this year invited Australian researchers to apply for research grants to work collaboratively with US scientists on issues important for the Australian fruit and vegetable industry.

As part of the ongoing collaboration Dr Robyn McConchie from the University of Sydney was invited to take part in a panel session at the recent 2013 CPS Research Symposium held at Wegman’s Conference Centre in Rochester, NY State. This year, due to the increasing awareness and interest from the US industry, the Research Symposium was held over 2 days.

The first day was devoted to reviewing “CPS: The First Five Years and the Road Ahead” and a review session on “Listeria and Produce: What You Need to Know and Lessons Learned to Help Manage the Risks”.  The second day was devoted to project reports on “Composts and Ag Practices/ Pathogen Survival”, “Water Quality for Irrigation and Postharvest Practices””Pathogen transference: Pre-harvest, harvest and Packaging.” And “Hot Topics.”

The first part of a 2 part summary of the key messages from the Symposium is now available. This includes the topics: Listeria monocytogenes and composting.

Click here to view the Summary Part 1.

Find out more of what happened at the CPS 2013 Research Symposium, 25 - 26 June, Wegmans Conference Center, Rochester, New York.

When it comes to food safety, solutions are usually common-sense best practices and without absolute commitment from top management, no company in the fresh produce supply chain can achieve adequate food safety measures. 

“The search for answers to food safety questions is not just the right thing to do, it is the best risk management tool we have,” said Bryan Silbermann, president and chief executive officer for the Produce Marketing Association, Newark, Del.

To read more about what happened, watch short interviews from the Symposium and find out a bit more about some of the research, please click here.

“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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