Global Food Safety Initiative: Over the last 17 years the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements have evolved considerably. As the food industry adapts and changes, we’re always looking to keep up to date and reflect best practices. If I had to sum up the key additions to this latest version in a few words, I’d say “improved auditor competency” and “covering the supply chain from farm to fork”.
Read the full article at the Global Food Safety Initiative website
National Public Radio: Last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started looking for dangerous bacteria in a few of America’s most beloved fresh foods: parsley, cilantro, basil, and prepared guacamole. The very freshness of these foods carries a risk. Since they aren’t normally cooked, they may harbor nasty bugs like Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
Read the full article at the National Public Radio website
Australian Institute of Food Safety: 2017 was one of the worst years in recent history for food poisoning cases in SA. Does it need to come into line with the stricter requirements of other states?
Read the full article at the Australian Institute of Food Safety website
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Australian Government: The Agvet Chemical Task Group (ACTG) is conducting public consultation on the Discussion Paper: Off-Label Use Harmonisation Proposal. The discussion paper describes approaches for harmonisation of agricultural chemical product off-label use practices that are expected to deliver the most significant benefits to Australian farmers. The consultation on the discussion paper is now open and submissions must be lodged by 2:00 pm AEDT on 28 February 2018.
Download the discussion paper and make a submission at agriculture.gov.au
Farminguk: Tesco has announced that from the beginning of April 2018 it will recognise Red Tractor’s standards as equivalent to its Nurture scheme. International assurance body GLOBALG.A.P. also confirmed that as a result of its own benchmarking exercise the requirement for a further farm assessment has been removed.
Read the full article at farminguk.com
nzgap.co.nz: NZGAP is in the final stages of benchmarking to GLOBALG.A.P. version 5.1. The latest round of benchmarking includes some minor changes to wording and question categories from version 5.0. The updated standard, (NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent v6.1) will be available to growers in December and will be required for any NZGAP GLOBALG.A.P. Equivalent audits completed after 1st January 2018.
For more information visit nzgap.co.nz
Lexology.com: On April 19, 2017, [the U.S. Food and Drug Administration] FDA announced that both the United States and Australia have recognized each other's food safety systems as comparable to each other.
Chicago Tribune: Last month, Deirdre Schlunegger, Stop Foodborne Illness' CEO, joined a panel of experts at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) 2017 conference to discuss produce safety, a hot topic for food industry professionals. The Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, (first proposed in January 2013) is now final and farms are implementing the rule's mandates.
World Grain: China has outlined steps it plans to take to ensure food safety, including aligning its standards with international standards and launching a risk alert system, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) said in a March report.
A masterclass was hosted in Hobart on 30 November 2016 by two food safety research centres— the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Food Safety Centre, and the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand.