Agriculture Victoria funds groundbreaking traceability project for high-value exports in Australia

AUSTRALIA – Agriculture Victoria, an organization that works with the agriculture industry on research, development and extension to improve production, is funding an innovative AU$ 770,000 (US$ 574,693.35) traceability pilot for high-value exports, which will be led by peak industry body Citrus Australia. The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s Food to Market program, announced by Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas. “The Food to Market program is an excellent example of how we are providing timely support to agribusinesses impacted by the pandemic, while capitalizing on opportunities to expand…

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GHI unveils Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site while APAL welcomes Food Safety Culture fact sheet

AUSTRIA – The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI), a network of individual scientists and scientific organizations working together to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation through sound science, has announced the launch of the Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site. Across the world, most food industry employees dare not report information about safety concerns externally because of the consequences of their employer finding out who they are. Huub Lelieveld, GHI president expressed that some employees follow their conscience and the consequence is, that while saving people from harm,…

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Namibia recalls Tiger Brands products as other affected countries follow suite

SOUTH AFRICA – Namibia’s health ministry has instructed local environmental health practitioners to withdraw various KOO canned products, Hugo’s Baked Beans and Helderberg Peas, produced between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021, from Namibian shelves. Canned products forming part of this recall cover various KOO canned vegetable products, excluding all KOO canned fruit products, KOO pilchards and KOO products packaged in glass. South African manufacturer Tiger Brands recently issued a recall of some 20 million KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products, as they may have a defective side seam…

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Hats off for Australia’s One Harvest as it rolls out SmartWash System to enhance food safety

Australia – One Harvest, Australia’s leading leafy greens and fresh-cut produce supplier has taken its sanitation a notch higher by installing SmartWash Solutions’ comprehensive food safety program throughout their Australian operations, becoming the company’s largest customer outside the United States. SmartWash Solutions is an industry leader in food safety technology, helping processing plants around the world maximize food safety, achieve Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance, control wash water chemistry, track wash line efficiency thus preventing food-borne outbreaks and saving money. This program includes utilization of process control systems, application…

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Montague leverages TOMRA Food’s grading technology for new packhouse

AUSTRALIA – Montague, a family-owned fresh fruit supplier, after an exhaustive selection process for a partner for its new world-class processing facility, has settled on TOMRA Food, a manufacturer of sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry, for its state- of- the- art food grading technology. The 18000 square meter facility with a capacity in excess of 40 million kg is one of the largest in the world. It features a 6-lane Multi-Lane Sorting (MLS) System with a capacity of 3,000 bins. All movements from pre-size…

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CAVAC joins hands with Khmer Enterprise to support Agri-food SMEs

AUSTRALIA – Australia has launched a programme to support agricultural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to upgrade food safety standards and quality management systems. The programme was created through a partnership between the Cambodia-Australia Agriculture Value Chain (CAVAC) and Khmer Enterprise, an entrepreneurship promotion unit within the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The agreement on cooperation was signed by representatives of the Australian embassy, Khmer Enterprise and CAVAC. CAVAC and Khmer Enterprise are running a grants scheme to encourage investment in improved manufacturing standards in the agri-food industry. Cambodia produces…

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New Zealand, Australia to sign off on importation of irradiated fruits, vegetables

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND – Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) is set to amend the country’s historic stance on irradiation permitting the import of irradiation treated fresh fruits and vegetables. The process involves exposing products to ionizing radiation, either gamma rays, a high-energy electron beam, or x-rays.  FSANZ has concluded after a review by the Food Safety NZ, that except for the minimal reduction in nutritional value of products, irradiation is a safe and effective biosecurity tool. Still, the Food safety New Zealand (NZ) has encouraged that irradiation levels in…

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