TQA Australia, RMCG, and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in New Zealand, with the Food Safety Centre at the University of Tasmania will lead the “Understand the Gaps” review.
It will focus on sources of microbial contamination for fresh produce across general production variables, agricultural water, organic inputs & composting and the storage environment.
Michael Worthington, chairman of FPSC, said: “They provide a high level of ‘on the ground’ and scientific research experience, and they are very well positioned to understand the research literature relating to fresh produce safety across Australia and New Zealand.”
The review will provide the fresh produce industries with up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations on practices that lead to better food safety risk management.
It will be completed by the end of June and information will feed into the Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s review of the Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety, which will be launched later this year.