Produce Industry Traceability Guidelines

August 2021

Three years ago, United Fresh was successful with its Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures grant application, for the purpose of developing a set of fresh produce industry Traceability Guidelines.

These Guidelines are the product of three years’ worth of work, which involved producing a literature review; developing and conducting field trials with the assistance of strawberry and lettuce growers, with these crops serving as exemplars; developing a set of Draft Guidelines on the basis of our analysis and learnings; and consulting widely with industry on current practices, on future options and on Best Practice.

The final guidelines can be accessed here.

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    Traceability Newsletter

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  • 15 Jun 2021

    New Country of Origin Regulations coming into force on 12th November 2021

    As previously communicated, the Government has recently introduced mandatory Country of Origin Labelling for certain foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables as per the following descriptions;

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  • 15 Jun 2021

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    To follow is a summary.

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  • 06 May 2021

    Food Safety & Traceability Update - May 2021

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  • 02 Mar 2021

    United Fresh Becomes Trust Alliance Observer

    United Fresh is pleased to advise acceptance of Trust Alliance New Zealand’s offer to act as an observer at Trust Alliance meetings.

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  • 10 Feb 2021

    Supply Chain and Opportunities for Blueberries in NZ

    Blueberries have quietly increased in relevance within the range of produce grown in New Zealand. Fresh consumption is increasing in New Zealand, as well as offshore.

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  • 28 Jan 2021

    Food Safety & Traceability Update - January 2021

    This edition provides an update on the work conducted towards sustainability of the fresh produce sector, as well as highlighting the importance of food safety, Traceability and how to improve them.

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  • 05 Nov 2020

    Food Safety & Traceability Update - Core Food Safety Issues -November 2020

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  • 27 Aug 2020

    The Product Traceability Initiative (PTI)

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  • 27 Aug 2020

    United Fresh Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures (SFFF) Draft Traceability Guidelines

    Reliable and robust Traceability systems are no longer an optional extra in the produce industry, but a baseline requirement of increasing importance.

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  • 06 Aug 2020

    New Zealand’s $6 billion Produce Industry Aligning and Improving its Traceability Systems

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  • 26 Jun 2020

    Have your say - SFF Traceability Project - Industry Consultation on Draft Traceability Guidelines

    We have recently developed the Draft Traceability Guidelines that have evolved from the Sustainable Farming Fund Project “Effective Produce Traceability Systems”, managed by United Fresh.

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  • 26 Jun 2020

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

    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.

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  • 04 May 2020

    NZ Food Safety Releases Results for the Food Residues Survey Programme

    New Zealand Food Safety, a business unit of the Ministry for Primary Industries, has published the results of its recent Food Residues Survey Programme (FRSP). 

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  • 24 Feb 2020

    Food Safety Update February 2020 - Food safety Aspects Related to High-Risk Horticulture Crops

    This edition discusses food safety aspects related to fresh berryfruit, melons and leafy vegetables. 

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  • 16 Jan 2020

    Workshop - Food Safety & Risk Factors in the New Zealand Fresh Produce Market - 12th March 2020

    United Fresh is pleased to present this valuable workshop for members in partnership with the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre.

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  • 11 Oct 2019

    Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) Traceability Project - Milestone 5 Update

    Our SFF Traceability project is looking to assist members and the entire value-chain by providing some understanding on how internal Traceability systems can be improved and external Traceability systems can become more robust and streamlined.

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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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  • 24 Jun 2019

    FPSC A-NZ 2019 Conference

    United Fresh Technical Advisory Group Representative Anne-Marie Arts will be presenting an update on the Sustainable Farming Fund Traceability Project.

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  • 24 Sep 2018

    Major Fresh Produce Traceability Project Underway in New Zealand

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  • 03 Jul 2018

    United Fresh secures Sustainable Farming Fund for Traceability Project

    We are pleased to announce work has begun on a three-year project to investigate traceability within the industry. 

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  • 25 Jan 2018

    DataBar's move into the Produce Industry

    Consumers, retailers, wholesalers, packhouses and growers alike are all familiar with fruit label- the tiny stickers commonly found on oranges, apples, kiwifruit, avocadoes and a myriad of other produce.

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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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  • 20 Jun 2017

    Technical Advisory Group - Update June 2017

    As you can see from the banner, our name has changed. We are no longer the Food Safety and Traceability Committee, but the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

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  • 10 Mar 2017

    URGENT LeaderBrand salad product recall announcement

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  • 25 Nov 2015

    United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Update

    October and November have been busy for the United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Committee.

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  • 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 today

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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

    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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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