The main conference has now concluded. All ticketholders have been issued details on how to attend the post-conference skills workshops via email. The conference recordings are available to ticketholders and can be accessed by logging into the Conference Platform. For non-ticketholders wishing to view the conference recordings you can purchase them by emailing our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re back! Future Directions for Produce Safety is this year’s theme for the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand’s annual conference. With an eye on the horizon, a highly experienced and broad cohort of industry professionals are gathering to present, analyse and discuss the key issues facing the safe production of fresh produce, now and into the future.
Join us on 18 August for a day of learning and sharing to advance fresh produce food safety in our region. The 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference is presented over one day as a live broadcast via an online production.
Our conference workshops have been announced! For those wishing to register for the workshops only may do so by clicking the ‘register now’ button after the main conference has ended on 18 August. Ticket prices to the workshops only will remain the same and will include access to a recorded video of the conference.
18 August 2021 via online, 8:45am – 3.30pm
EVENT WILL START IN
Due to COVID-19 disruptions, the conference will proceed as an online event
NSW Food Authority
Perfection Fresh Australia
- Michael Worthington, Chairman, FPSC
- Professor Brent Kaiser, Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture
- Dr Max Teplitski, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
Session One – Sponsored by Mérieux NutriSciences
Panel: Produce safety: what’s at stake?
- Dr Craig Shadbolt – Principal Food Safety Scientist, NSW Food Authority, Produce safety – a regulator’s perspective
- Andrea Currie – Head of Quality and Technical Standards, Coles, Produce safety, retail and customers
- Andrew Redman – Chief Technical Officer, Perfection Fresh Australia, Safety in fresh produce
Future food safety: new research on environmental impacts on fresh produce food safety
- Dr Thea King – Senior Food Safety Science Officer, NSW Food Authority on Extreme weather events and pre-harvest food safety
- Dr Hayriye Bozkurt – Senior Lecturer/Adjunct Senior Researcher, University of Adelaide on Review of current practices for manure-amended soil as risk factors impacting fresh produce safety
- Dr Jenny Ekman – Research Scientist, Applied Horticultural Research, on Persistence of human pathogens on leafy vegetables after irrigation with contaminated water
Conference Lunch Break – Sponsored by One Harvest
Session Three – Sponsored by AUS-QUAL
Facilitated discussion, food safety for growers – what’s ahead?
Facilitated by Deon Mahoney, Head of Food Safety, PMA-ANZ
- Christopher Schreurs – Director, Business & Commercial Operations, Schreurs & Sons
- Rachel Mackenzie – Executive Director, Berries Australia
- Dr Sharon Jones – General Manager Technical, One Harvest
- Dr Damien Farrelly – NZGAP and Food Safety Manager at Horticulture NZ.
Session Four – Sponsored by Fresh Select
Student session – Panel: Next gen food safety researchers
- Elizabeth Frankish – Food Safety Consultant / PhD candidate, Future proofing packhouses for microbial challenges
- Joanna Rothwell – PhD candidate, Applying plasma technology to fresh produce processing
- Ingrid Zamora – PhD candidate, Microbial food safety in the distribution of fresh produce in Australia
- Bianca Cairns, R&D Manager, Hort Innovation – Research and Development to drive a healthy Australia
Workshop: Sharpening the Axe: Preparing for a Food Safety CrisisWednesday 25 August, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Workshop: Rapid Diagnostic Methods for Foodborne Pathogens: Outlook for the Fresh Produce Industry
Workshop: Challenging Perceptions: Unifying Industry’s Approach to Food Safety
All sessions are in AEST and will be streamed virtually.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Analysis and opinion from leading researchers and industry professionals.
Online networking opportunities with colleagues and key industry experts.
Hosted entirely online, the conference is designed to allow you to tune in to an exciting and informative day from the comfort of your home.
Hi-tech streaming via a virtual livestream that will ensure a front-and-centre experience for our online viewers.
Your choice – select the option that works best for you.
Due to disruption from COVID-19 requiring the cancellation of the in-person event, the Fresh Produce Safety Conference will proceed as an online only program.
In this situation, the difference between the cost of tickets for in-person attendance and the online offering (for the relevant category of ticket) will be refunded for in-person event tickets (less EventBrite refund fees). Our team is currently processing refunds and will contact all ticket-holders via email over the coming weeks.
Workshops were originally not included as part of the online event. Now the entire event has transitioned online, as a bonus to our attendees, the virtual workshops are included in the cost of conference registration. Some workshops may have participant limits due to their interactive nature, and the opportunity to nominate to attend individual workshops will be provided after 18 August.
The 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference
will be held online