The University of Sydney will host the third annual Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Innovation in Fresh Food Safety, for those involved in the fresh food industry.
With a focus on global advances and techniques to better manage food safety, the conference will examine the consequences and management of recent food safety crises, the soon-to-be introduced Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS), and the latest R&D to help improve food safety.
The conference is timely, coming on the heels of a salmonella outbreak caused by rockmelons which has resulted in 97 cases of a rare strain of salmonella and devastated the local rockmelon industry. Keynote speaker Dr Trevor Suslow from the University of California’s address will offer practical perspectives on salmonella on melons and listeria on apples.
A global authority on the safety and quality of perishable horticultural commodities, Dr Suslow’s research combines laboratory and on-farm/packing facility research on E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria in conventional and organic production systems.
Also speaking will be William Marler, a well-known US-based expert in foodborne illness litigation. His award-winning Marler Blog is read by more than a million people each year. He spends much of his time speaking on how to prevent foodborne illnesses. His address will also identify and quantify what is stake for fresh produce businesses.
The Fresh Produce Safety Conference is presented in conjunction with the Fresh Produce Safety Centre.