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.
Meet new contacts, join old friends, network, learn and share to advance fresh produce food safety in our region. The 2021 Fresh Produce Safety Conference is presented over one day at the Refectory, Holme Building, University of Sydney and broadcast live via an online production.
18 August 2021 in Sydney and online, 8:45am – 4.30pm, followed by networking drinks
EVENT WILL START IN
In the event of COVID-19 disruptions, the conference will proceed as an online event
NSW Food Authority
Perfection Fresh Australia
Max Teplitski, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) – via video link
Session One – Sponsored by Mérieux NutriSciences
Panel: Produce safety: what’s at stake?
- 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
- Michael Simonetta – Group CEO, 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 Cekmer – Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide on Assessment 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
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
- Chris 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.
Conference Lunch – Sponsored by One Harvest
Session Four – Sponsored by Fresh Select
Student session – Panel: Next gen food safety researchers
- Elizabeth Frankish – 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
Choice of four workshop skills sessions
All sessions with the exception of Workshops will be streamed virtually for our online attendees.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Analysis and opinion from leading researchers and industry professionals.
Face-to-face networking opportunities with colleagues and key industry experts.
Located near the heart of Sydney with easy transport options; join online if you can’t make it to Sydney.
Hi-tech streaming via a virtual livestream that will ensure a front-and-centre experience for our online viewers.
WHERE TO STAY
Some of our preferred hotels, close to the University of Sydney.
Your choice – select the option that works best for you.
In the case that there is a disruption due to 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).
By Public Transport
Bus from Railway Square Broadway (Central Station)
Bus Routes 412, 422, 440, 483
Alight at Sydney University Footbridge > Walk 100 meters.
There is no parking with the University of Sydney grounds. Parking on Parramatta Road prior to 3:00pm ONLY. Metered parking in Forest Lodge and Glebe across Footbridge.