The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia and New Zealand has published updated food safety guidelines for the industry.

The  group is an industry-led organization established in 2013.

The guidelines are designed to achieve greater consistency in the development, implementation and auditing of fresh produce food safety programs. It provides an
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The government’s response to tampering of Australian strawberries with needles this past year was timely but areas to improve have been identified in a Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) report.

These include centralizing incident coordination to include relevant government agencies such as police, and improving the consistency and messaging
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Plans to create stronger penalties for deliberate food contamination are being considered in New Zealand.

Nathan Guy, a member of parliament for the New Zealand National Party, has proposed a Member’s Bill to protect people from food safety threats by “reckless pranksters” or people intent on “economic sabotage.”

“Recent events
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A 50-year-old woman has been charged in relation to contamination of strawberries with sewing needles in Australia.

My Ut Trinh was arrested on Sunday and appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, Nov. 12. She had worked as a supervisor at a strawberry farm, according to officials.

She was charged with
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