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AU: Dragon fruit imports from Vietnam begin despite farmers’ concern

ABC News: Australia has imported dragon fruit from Vietnam for the first time despite food health concern from local growers. "Other concerns that our growers raised earlier were things that aren’t covered by biosecurity but are more of a food safety issue, like chemical residue."

AU: APVMA tests come back positive

Farming Ahead: In August this year the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) handed out the largest fines in its history to companies for herbicides that contained chemicals other than those listed.

AU: FSANZ finds risk from migration of packaging chemicals to food is low

FSANZ: Food Standards Australia New Zealand today announced the conclusion of a three-year project looking at the risk of chemicals migrating from packaging into food and has determined that the chemicals investigated are not a concern for human health.

AU: Webinar: SQF Code edition 8 – Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SAI Global: To assist you with understanding the changes in the new SQF Code Edition 8, SAI Global are pleased to offer you the opportunity to join a free webinar featuring Mr. Bill McBride, SQFI Regional Representative, Australia/Asia.

NZ: Kiwis embrace blockchain, despite bitcoin bottleneck

Stuff: One of the biggest tech trends of 2017 has been the rise of blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin. But unlike with bitcoin, there are promising blockchain projects under development in New Zealand. Some of New Zealand’s biggest corporations have begun to experiment with blockchain.

US: LGMAs align with federal Produce Safety Rule

The Packer: As the US Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule implementation nears, the California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements are updating food safety practices to ensure members are following the new law.

US: CPS Research 2017: What it means to you

PMA: This review of CPS research featured discussion of the latest research on assuring microbial quality and safety of agricultural water, soil amendments, produce wash water systems, and other hot topics. The key findings from numerous presentations are highlighted and discussed in light of their significance to help you understand how to use this information to enhance produce safety programs in your business.

US: This portable pesticide detector offers a quick check of produce

Chemical Engineering: The detector is based on the absorption spectrum of chemical products, such as agricultural pesticides, and can indicate the level of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables within a few seconds. Lamps on the wireless charger indicate the testing results.

Read the full article at the Chemical Engineering website

DE: GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR Stop & Freshcare Forum Australia

GLOBALG.A.P.: This small, invite only event was arranged as a meeting for prominent industry members (retailers, CB’s managers, Freshcare board representatives) to receive an update on general GLOBALG.A.P. activities and to discuss opportunities and challenges faced by the Australian horticultural industry in relation to food safety and social standards.

Read the full article at the GLOBALG.A.P. website

FR: GFSI as the key to food safety in Japan by 2020 target and beyond

Global Food Safety Initiative: The Japan Local Group of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has set themselves a target of 2020, when Tokyo welcomes thousands of athletes and sports fans from around the world, for over 6,000 food production sites to become certified to a GFSI-recognised certification programme or to embark on GFSI’s Global Markets Programme, a pathway to certification.

Read the full article at the Global Food Safety Initiative website

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