New Zealand Fruit & Vegetable Food Safety Workshop – Thursday 12th March 2020

United Fresh & New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre Workshop


When: Thursday 12th March, starting at 9am

Where: Exhibition Room, Waipuna Conference Centre, 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington


Members can now register free of charge for the upcoming Food Safety Workshop being held in partnership with the New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre (NZFSSRC).

We are bringing together senior scientists with experience in the fresh produce to present on current and emerging food Safety issues, highlighting specific risk factors and trend relevant in New Zealand.

Please see the agenda below and register via the form on the right.



9am - Introduction

Jerry Prendergast, President, United Fresh

Anne-Marie Arts, Food Safety Representative, United Fresh


9:20am  - An overview of current and emerging Food Safety issues in Fresh Produce – the big picture

Dr Cath McLeod, Director, NZFSSRC


9:40am  - Decontamination strategies for the fresh produce industry – persistence of bugs on skins.  Why it matters and how we manage this?

Prof. Phil Bremer, Chair of the Science Leadership Team, NZFSSRC and University of Otago


10am - Whole genome sequencing - tracking down the source of bugs with reference to Yersinia and Listeria.  How Whole Genome sequencing is transforming tracebacks and what this means?

Dr Lucia Rivas, Senior Scientist, Institute of Environmental Science and Research


10:20am - Morning Tea


10:45am - United Fresh SFF Traceability Projects

Update on learnings and highlights of guidelines

 Anne-Marie Arts, Food Safety Representative, United Fresh


11am - A summary of emerging risks and what impact will climate change have for Fresh Produce

Prof. Nigel French, Chief Scientist, NZFSSRC and Massey University



Panel Discussion – Organising Food Safety requirements with the Fresh Produce industry. Effecting Domestic, Export, Regulation and Science – bringing the requirements together

Moderator Dr Hans Maurer, Knowledge Officer, United Fresh


12pm - Round-up