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FPSC Research Projects

Kiwifruit Bud Burst (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Luke Milliron

Photo: Luke Milliron / Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In consultation with industry, regulators and research organisations the Fresh Produce Safety Centre identified two priority research projects to coordinate during 2015.

  1. The Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety (Guidelines) provides Australian and New Zealand fresh produce industries with practical, up-to-date information on assessing and managing food safety risks for fresh produce. Incorporating the latest in scientific research and industry experience, it harmonises fresh food safety practices and programs, detailing good food safety practices for entire fresh produce production and distribution chains—from growing through to receival at retail.
  2. The Understanding the Gaps literature review project (UtG) examines five priority areas identified by the FPSC in consultation with industry, government and the research community. It provides fresh produce industries in Australia and New Zealand with an up-to-date exmaination of the scientific literature and highlights priority questions for industry for further research.

These projects were funded directly by retailers, growers, service providers and regulators in Australia and New Zealand. The Guidelines and UtG projects, delivered in August and October 2015 respectively, conclude the first round of FPSC coordinated research activities.

If you are interested in participating in the next round of FPSC coordinated research projects, please subscribe to the FPSC newsletter where announcements about future requests for proposals and project sponsorship opportunities will be announced. You can also contact the FPSC directly to discuss any specific suggestions or concerns.