United Fresh Food Safety Update June 2020 - Research, COVID-19 & Fresh Produce Food Safety Framework

26 June 2020

United Fresh Food Safety Update June 2020 - Research, COVID-19 & Fresh Produce Food Safety Framework

Food Safety Update - June 2020

Welcome to the 5th edition of our Food Safety Update. This edition discusses activities and initiatives underway in the food safety and traceability arena over the last year. We examine the increasing collaboration across industry in food safety and a proposed New Zealand Fresh Produce Food Safety Framework Research Project.

New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre 

Established after the Fonterra Whey protein issues, the New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre (FSSRC) was established to help “co-ordinate food safety research and provide a collective resource that will further enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a source of safe food. The Centre provides a focal point for food safety science and research, bringing together the considerable expertise and resources of three Crown Research Institutes, three Universities and the Cawthron Institute in a unique partnership with government and industry. It provides an internationally credible voice for food safety, providing a strong science base for decision-making in public health and the food industry”.


Over the first half of 2020, Coronavirus/COVID-19 has occupied a large part of everyone’s time. The once-in-a-century pandemic has certainly had a major impact on our industry, but it has also brought us an opportunity to stand back and evaluate our future operations, business needs, and strategic directions, especially in how we as an industry deal with public health crises. 

Read more here.

Fresh Produce Food Safety Framework 

United Fresh published “The New Zealand Produce Industry Food Safety & Traceability Framework Position Paper” in 2015, to investigate the development of a traceability framework for the fresh produce industry. United Fresh’s view was that the New Zealand industry would benefit from a Food Safety & Traceability (FS&T) Framework that can engender confidence from regulatory and private programmes both nationally and internationally. The benefit of having an industry framework is that food safety research in New Zealand can be targeted at the issues that are most important.

Read more here.

The full update is hosted on our website (link below) each of the above topics are discussed in further detail and links to the referenced research included. 

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