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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