Food Safety

Food Safety Bi-monthly Updates 

Second Edition - Climate Change - 21 October 2019

First Edition - MPI's Food Safety Draft Strategy Consultation - 9 Sep 2019

 

Fresh Produce Safety Centre A-NZ - Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety 2019

Purpose

These guidelines are designed to achieve greater consistency in the development, implementation and auditing of fresh produce food safety programs. They are applicable to all supply chain businesses, from the producer to the end customer, as well as suppliers of inputs and services.

Input has been sought from a range of industry members with experience and expertise in food safety issues.

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United Fresh - Food Tampering Workshop Presentation - March 2019

This can be downloaded for members in the log in section. Please email us if you need a log in: info@unitedfresh.co.nz 

 

“Food safety culture in good shape but more to do” April 2019

On the 3rd December 2018 the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act was passed. This Act will require fresh or frozen fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and seafood to have Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL).

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United Fresh - Listeria Information update - November 2018

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United Fresh Food Safety Policy Statement

The positive impact fresh fruit and vegetables have on the health and well-being of consumers needs to be underpinned through a proactive best practice approach to all Food Safety related matters.  Food Safety is a concern for all links in the fresh produce value chain.  United Fresh, as the only pan industry body in the New Zealand horticulture and produce sectors, is in a pivotal position in terms of engaging nationally and globally with government, regulating authorities and knowledge providers to ensure members interests are taken into account.

Food Safety issues typically arise in relation to production, post-harvest management and handling of fruit and vegetables.  These processes are very much influenced by geographic, climatic environmental and regulatory factors which advocates an ongoing need for a New Zealand focused approach to finding sustainable food safety solutions for our industry.

As these are highly technical areas, United Fresh partners with its member, The AgriChain Centre to manage our Food Safety activities.  Anne-Marie Arts heads The AgriChain Centre’s Food Safety team and is the United Fresh Food Safety spokesperson.  Dr Hans Maurer serves as the New Zealand Director of the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS).  IFPS engages on a global basis with organisations such as the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Global Gap, the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), all of which influence how United Fresh members go about their Food Safety related business.

Our involvement with the IFPS allows access to international resources and relevant information to ensure members are kept abreast of developments in this very important field.

The Food Safety & Traceability Position Paper
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  • 31 Oct 2019

    United Fresh Signs Biosecurity Business Pledge

    United Fresh was one of 50 New Zealand companies to sign up today at the launch event of the first-of-its-kind Biosecurity Business Pledge to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases.

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  • 19 Sep 2019

    Fresh Produce Safety Centre Seeking Director Nominations

    FPSC Ltd is seeking nominations to fill two Board vacancies, one from New Zealand (effective from 27 November 2019).

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  • 12 Aug 2019

    Biosecurity NZ: Fruit fly response in Auckland about to step up again

    As we are nearing the end of winter, Biosecurity New Zealand’s fruit fly response in the Northcote area is about to step up again, with the focus on maintaining controls and resuming baiting and more intensive trapping.

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  • 22 Jul 2019

    Fruit Fly Update from MPI – No let-up in Biosecurity Response

    "It is that continued vigilance that led to the discovery of another single male fruit fly on 15 July in a trap in the current controlled area, 350 metres from where the last was found on 31 May," says Biosecurity New Zealand spokesperson Dr Catherine Duthie.

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  • 07 Jun 2019

    Fruit Fly update from MPI, Another Male Fruit Fly Found

    Despite the large on the ground efforts, another male fruit fly was found last week in one of the network of fruit fly traps.

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  • 22 Mar 2019

    Ministry for Primary Industries Notification Fruit Fly update from MPI Friday 22nd March 2019

    Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Devonport and Ōtara have been lifted. The restrictions in place on the movement of fruit and vegetables and the current baiting programme in Controlled Zones in the North Shore suburb of Northcote remain in place.

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  • 15 Mar 2019

    Biosecurity New Zealand Notification: Two further male Queensland fruit fly have been found in Northcote, bringing the total to 6

    One of the new finds is inside the current Zone A and the other is in Zone B.

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  • 06 Mar 2019

    MPI Notification: A fourth male Queensland fruit fly has been found in Northcote and another Facialis fruit fly has been found in Ōtara

    A fourth male Queensland fruit fly has been found in Northcote and another Facialis fruit fly has been found in Ōtara.

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  • 01 Mar 2019

    Biosecurity New Zealand Notification: Third Queensland fruit fly found in Northcote, Auckland

    Further biosecurity restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburb of Northcote are being put in place, following the find of a third Queensland fruit fly in the area.

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  • 25 Feb 2019

    Biosecurity New Zealand Notification Fruit Fly – Situation Update 25 February 2019

    A second Queensland fruit fly has been found in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Northcote. The detection was in what is known as Zone A in Northcote and was 113 metres from the original detection there.

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  • 22 Feb 2019

    Biosecurity NZ Notification: Otara Update, Second Fruit Fly Found - 22/2/19

    A second Facialis fruit fly has been found in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Ōtara, just 70 metres from the first detection earlier in the week.

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  • 21 Feb 2019

    Fruit Fly Industry Meeting 26/2/19 - MPI to Provide Clarity

    Ministry for Primary Industries will be presenting on the three recent fruit fly findings and will be providing clarity to industry on the protocols required when transporting fresh fruit and vegetables in and through the Controlled Areas.

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  • 21 Feb 2019

    Biosecurity New Zealand Notification: Queensland fruit fly detected in new area on Auckland's North Shore 21/2/19

    Surveillance activity in Auckland will be stepped up following the discovery of a second Queensland fruit fly on the North Shore.

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  • 19 Feb 2019

    Biosecurity New Zealand Notification: New species of fruit fly found in Otara, Auckland Under Investigation 19/2/2019

    A second type of fruit fly, (Bactrocera facialis - the "facialis fruit fly") has been found in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Otara.

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  • 15 Feb 2019

    MPI Notification: Auckland fruit fly find under investigation 15/2/19

    Biosecurity New Zealand is investigating a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Devonport.

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  • 13 Nov 2018

    Biosecurity 2025 Implementation Plan Launched Today 13/11/18

    United Fresh was pleased to be part of the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum in Auckland today where the  Biosecurity 2025 Implementation Plan was launched by the Biosecurity 2025 Steering Group.

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  • 19 Apr 2018

    Biosecurity - TAG Update April 2018

    TAG has been working on three activities within the Biosecurity field; The fruit Fly Council, the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) process and the National Biosecurity Competency Network (NBCN).

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  • 19 Mar 2018

    MPI Update: Myrtle rust found in new region - Manawatu

    Myrtle rust has been detected in Manawatu for the first time, the Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed today. The fungus was found on a young ramarama (Lophomyrtus) in a planted area off Victoria Esplanade in Palmerston North.

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  • 10 Aug 2017

    Technical Advisory Group Update - August 2017

    United Fresh Technical Advisory Group members have attended several conferences as reported in this update.

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  • 10 Jul 2017

    MPI Update: Myrtle Rust (MR) Stakeholder Update – 10 July 2017 5:00pm

    For the latest update on Myrtle Rust visit here:

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  • 27 Jun 2017

    MPI Update: Myrtle Rust (MR) Stakeholder Update – 26 June 2017 5:00pm

    For the latest update on Myrtle Rust visit here:

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  • 20 Apr 2017

    Register Now – United Fresh AGM & Members' Meeting Thursday 22nd June at 3.30pm Auckland

    Join the United Fresh Executive and Members for our AGM and Members’ Meeting followed by refreshments, at Mantells on the Water in Auckland.

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  • 25 Nov 2016

    United Fresh Biosecurity Activity Update – November 2016

    The Biosecurity space is getting busy!

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  • 13 May 2016

    United Fresh AGM & Members Meeting 2016

    Our United Fresh AGM & Members meeting held in Auckland on Thursday 12th May 2016 was well received by around 80 of our members

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  • 09 Feb 2016

    MPI Media Release - No further Tau flies found and restrictions now lifted

    MPI Surveillance Manager Brendan Gould says two weeks of trapping, fruit sampling and testing have passed and no further Tau flies have been found.

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  • 01 Feb 2016

    MPI Update - Tau Fly Detection 2016 - Monday 1 February 2016

    No further Tau Flies have been detected. The total remains as 1 male Tau Fly detected.

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  • 25 Jan 2016

    MPI Update - Tau Fly Detection 2016 - Monday 25 January 2016

    No further Tau Flies have been detected. The total remains as 1 male Tau Fly detected.

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  • 22 Jan 2016

    MPI Notification of a Tau Fly Detection - Manurewa, South Auckland

    MPI will be establishing a Controlled Area this afternoon in Manurewa, South Auckland as a result of a single Tau fly detection.

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  • 04 Dec 2015

    MPI Announces Auckland Fruit Fly 2015 Response Closure

    With your support, the Queensland fruit fly is no longer residing in Auckland.

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  • 01 Dec 2015

    Queensland Fruit Fly December Update

    General Situation remains unchanged since the November update.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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