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

Introducing the FPS A&NZ Technical Committee

The FPS Technical Committee has been formed to collaborate with the Center for Produce Safety at UC Davis to review the research proposals submitted by the Australian research community on the 28 March 2013.

The 2013 FPS Technical Committee includes:
  • (Chair) Professor Les Copeland, Professor of Agriculture,Faculty of Agriculture and Environment University of Sydney (NSW)
  • Dr Andreas Klieber, Agriculture Policy Manager, Coles-Wesfarmers (Vic)
  • Dr David Miles, Senior Technical Officer, NSW Food Authority (NSW)
  • Mr Scott Ledger, Senior Horticulturist (Postharvest), Hort VC Group (Qld)
  • Mr Richard Bennett, Product Integrity Manager, Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) (Vic)
  • Mrs Allison Clark, General Manager for Marketing, Houston’s Farm (Tas).
To read more about this, click here.

FPS A&NZ hosting Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections!

FPS A&NZ are proud to be hosting the first Food Safety Hub at PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show in Sydney this year.

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

Alongside FPS A&NZ representatives, several key organisations will be contributing to the success of the Food Safety Hub including:
  • Freshcare
  • GS1 Australia
  • NCS International
  • SAI Global
  • SGS Australia
  • TQA Australia
These organisations will be showcasing new food safety products, services and initiatives at The Food Safety Hub all of which present strategic ways food safety can improve businesses in  the fresh produce supply chain.
                                                                                Find out more...

Freshcare Workshop: Summary from the Freshcare team.

The recent Freshcare Workshop brought together experts from grower organizations, research institutions, retailers, wholesalers, auditors and trainers for two days of presentations, workshop sessions and networking opportunities.

Presentations from Horticulture Australia (HAL), University of Sydney and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) provided the latest information about the new US food safety regulations, food safety research priorities and the direction of food standards here in Australia. Detailed Freshcare updates and valuable program developments were provided. 

“We covered a huge amount in the two-day workshop and feedback from delegates has been very positive.” said Clare Hamiliton Bate, National Program Manager for Freshcare.


"Whats new in Food Safety for you?" presentation available.

At the recent Freshcare Workshop 11-12 April 2013, Associate Professor Robyn McConchie (USyd) delivered a presentation on "Whats new in Food Safety for you?.

The presentation was based on information provided by Dr Bob Whitaker (PMA) and Ms Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli (CPS) and summarises some of the food safety research made available at the Center for Produce Safety 2012 Research Symposium.

The presentation was followed by a facilitated discussion on filling the knowledge gaps and prioritising areas for food safety research specific to an Australian context. 


Upcoming Events

Join Fresh Produce Safety - Australia & New Zealand at these events over the coming months

11 - 13 June 2013
PMA Fresh Connections
Conference & Trade Show
11-13 June 2013
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Sydney.
25 - 26 June 2013
Center for Produce Safety 
Research Symposium
25- 26 June 2013
Wegmans Conference Center
Rochester, New York.

“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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