SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand (FPSC) is pleased to welcome AUSVEG as a Gold level supporter of the Centre.

The Chair of the FPSC, Michael Worthington, welcomed AUSVEG on board. “AUSVEG is an important player in the fresh produce industry, and we are delighted that it is taking this step to help the industry-led, industry-funded FPSC enhance fresh produce food safety through research, outreach and education.”

“The support of AUSVEG and our other supporters enables the FPSC to provide valuable extension activities, such as the recent professional development event run in Melbourne, which addressed best practice risk-based chemical and microbial testing, and using testing for verification and audit compliance,” Mr Worthington said. “Organisations that actively support the Centre are adding to positive food safety outcomes for the whole industry.”

According to AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside, AUSVEG’s support for the FPSC is testament to the high quality work undertaken at the centre and the importance that it has for the fresh produce industry.

“The FPSC has shown strong engagement with industry, delivering pertinent R&D projects as well as a wide-ranging outreach program that has directly benefited growers in our industry,” said Mr Whiteside.

“AUSVEG is proud to support the FPSC to continue driving research and industry engagement in this space to protect and maintain Australia’s reputation for safe, top quality vegetable and potato products for domestic and export markets.”

Other significant outcomes of the Centre are the annual conferences, the fourth of which will be held in Sydney on 9 August 2017, attracting over 100 participants, this year with the theme Science + Culture = Safe Food.

For other events and resources of the FPSC, visit the website (fpsc-anz.com), and sign up to the fortnightly e-newsletter.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Shaun Lindhe, AUSVEG National Manager – Communications
Phone: 03 9882 0277, Mobile: 0405 977 789, Email: shaun.lindhe@ausveg.com.au

Stephen Fujiwara, FPSC Executive Officer
Phone: 02 8627 1058, Email: stephen@fpsc-anz.com