21 Dec 2015
$1.2m extra to expand Fruit & Vegetables in Schools
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Fruit in Schools programme will be expanded to include an extra 77 schools, benefiting an additional 13,000 students.View Story
14 Dec 2015
MPI Update - Strain in fifth Hepatitis A case confirmed - 14 December 2015
Results from testing have now confirmed that the fifth person, who recently contracted Hepatitis A, as reported last week, has the same strain of the virus as the other four people who fell sick with Hepatitis in late October and early November this year.View Story
11 Dec 2015
The Global Fruit & Veg Newsletter - Bioactive components in F&V
In this series, there is a focus on polyphenols, which are particularly abundant in fruits and vegetables.
09 Dec 2015
New development in MPI’s berry investigation - 9 December 2015
A newly notified case of Hepatitis A is likely to be linked to the consumption of the Fruzio Mixed Berries product, which is currently the subject of an MPI-directed product recall.
04 Dec 2015
MPI Announces Auckland Fruit Fly 2015 Response Closure
With your support, the Queensland fruit fly is no longer residing in Auckland.View Story
01 Dec 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly December Update
General Situation remains unchanged since the November update.View Story
30 Nov 2015
Ministry for Primary Industries Increase Surveillance of Imported Frozen Berry Products
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a media statement today regarding imported frozen berries and four reported cases of Hepatitis A.View Story
25 Nov 2015
United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Update
October and November have been busy for the United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Committee.View Story
20 Nov 2015
Are you ready to #GETITIN with 5+ A Day?
The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust is about to raise consumption and the roof with its all new adult 5+ A Day Challenge this coming February.View Story
18 Nov 2015
The Global Fruit & Veg Newsletter - Healthy Eating
Childhood obesity has become a major public health concern.
13 Nov 2015
Taste of Auckland
It was great to see our members showcasing their fresh produce at last weekend’s Taste of Auckland event at Western Springs.View Story
13 Nov 2015
Last chance to register Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability Workshop – Tues 17th November
If you haven’t already registered for next Tuesday members’ workshop (being held in partnership with MPI) you will need to do so todayView Story
13 Nov 2015
Strategic Review Meeting
The United Fresh Executive, along with invited guests recently took part in a Strategic Review meeting.View Story
03 Nov 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly November Update
General Situation remains unchanged since the October update. No additional fruit flies have been detected since the last report.View Story
30 Oct 2015
Register for our United Fresh Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability Workshop – 17/11/2015
We are pleased to present our Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability and Food Law Workshop in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries.View Story
07 Oct 2015
The Global Fruit & Veg Newsletter - Food regulation and F&V promotion in Brazil - October 2015
This Global F&V Newsletter features Brazil’s new dietary guideline role on promoting fruits and vegetables highlighting some key principles and perspectives adopted by the guideline to promote fruits and vegetables among other real foods.
06 Oct 2015
Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability Workshop
SAVE THE DATE - TUESDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2015.
United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries invite members to attend a workshop on Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability and Food Law.
06 Oct 2015
Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis - Reviewing the Impact
The United Fresh Food Safety Committee is undertaking a review of the issues surrounding the Yersenia Pseudotuberculosis Outbreak last year. The objective is to understand, from a domestic fresh produce industry perspective, the areas where we need to undertake planning in order to be better prepared for any future outbreaks.
21 Sep 2015
MPI Launches Online Tool for Food Businesses
Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew launched an online tool today that will help food businesses discover how they will be affected by the new Food Act 2014, which comes into force in March next year.View Story
17 Sep 2015
Plant & Food Research joins United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated
One of New Zealand’s largest scientific research organisations, Plant & Food Research, has joined United Fresh. UF General Manager, Paula Dudley, says the organisation is looking forward to continuing its work with the highly regarded scientific institute.View Story
16 Sep 2015
Lesser Known Fruit and Vegetable Benefits
Benefits from regular consumption of fruits and vegetables (F&V) in the prevention of many chronic diseases are now well documented. This new Global Fruit and Veg newsletter focuses on some lesser known health F&V benefits.
04 Sep 2015
Strawberry Traceability Pilot 2016
This project focuses on the external traceability challenges arising in the domestic fresh market strawberry supply chain, as the fruit passes from grower to retailer. United Fresh is working with GS1 New Zealand in this pilot project.View Story
04 Sep 2015
Teenage Chefs Highlight 5+ A Day in Culinary Challenge 2015
The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust were proud sponsors of the National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge (NSSCC) this year and congratulate Burnside High School for taking out the grand prize and scholarship.View Story
01 Sep 2015
Food Law Update
MPI will be launching an online tool to help people understand the Food Act 2014, which comes into affect on 1st March 2016.
01 Sep 2015
Food Safety, Food Security & Your Business Planning
United Fresh partnered with Horticulture New Zealand to present a 90 minute breakout session on Food Safety, Food Security and Your Business Planning at the HortNZ 2015 Conference this year.View Story
30 Aug 2015
The EGEA 2015 Statement
As Scientific Coordinator of this newsletter, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the first issue of the Global Fruit and Vegetable Newsletter.
28 Aug 2015
Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney August 2015
United Fresh attended this conference run by PMA Australia & New Zealand’s Fresh Produce Safety Centre, hosted at the University of Sydney.
25 Aug 2015
International Organisations Form New Global Network
The International Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (IFAVA) and the International Alliance of Associations and Movements 5 a day (AIAM5), have announced they are joining forces to form the new Global Network for the Promotion of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption.View Story
14 Jul 2015
Re-assignment of Price Look-up Codes
As the adoption of price look-up codes (PLU) has gained traction, the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) has committed to transitioning the previously unused ‘8’ prefix to accommodate an increase in varieties of fresh produce items as they enter the market.
07 Jul 2015
United Fresh Members Move Swiftly to Withdraw Mexican Grapes from Sale
The precautionary measure of withdrawing Mexican grapes from sale has been taken by many retail outlets due to the discovery of Black Widow spiders among the shipment.View Story
23 Jun 2015
How to Keep New Zealand’s Horticulture Industry Blooming
Horticultural production in this country is flourishing with the latest figures showing the sector has topped the $7 billion mark for the first time. The figures were published in the April edition of Fresh Facts and showed in the year ended June 2014, the sector reached $7.16 billion in production, up from $6.7 billion the year before.View Story
19 Feb 2015
New Research Shows Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Help Kids to Grow and Thrive
New research shows the Fruit In Schools programme, managed by United Fresh, is having a positive impact on children and nutrition. Although named Fruit in Schools, the programme includes fresh New Zealand vegetables as well.
An independent evaluation has found Fruit In Schools is highly valued by principals and is well aligned with international evidence on how to improve nutrition and reduce obesity in children.View Story
18 Feb 2015
United Fresh Takes the Lead in Food Safety and Traceability
For over two decades United Fresh has worked on behalf of the New Zealand produce industry on Food Safety, Traceability and Industry Standards. To further strengthen this framework and safeguard food safety, we recently established the Food Safety and Traceability Committee.View Story