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Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

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Project name ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry
Funding bodies Australian Research Council
Chief Investigators Robyn McKonchie (Director, ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry), John Bowman (TIA representative)
Contributors Apple and Pear Australia Ltd, Australian Melon Association Inc., Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd, Fresh Select Australia Trust, Freshcare Limited, Golden State Foods Fresh Australia, Harris Farm Markets Pty Ltd, NSW Food Authority, New South Wales Office of Science and Medical Research, New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, One Harvest Pty Ltd, Pip Fruit New Zealand, University of Sydney

The ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry conducts industry-focused research to develop practical solutions to prevent or minimise food safety risks in fresh produce across the value chain, and train the next generation of industry-ready food safety researchers.

There is limited research on fresh produce risks and mitigation strategies appropriate for the Australian context. The intended outcomes will be enhanced understanding of food-borne pathogens and their interactions with fresh produce, plus science-based, industry-focused, ready to use solutions to managing food safety in the industrial context.

The intended benefit to industry is increased confidence in Australia’s fresh produce and improved access to export markets, plus a new generation of highly-skilled food safety scientists.

The ARC Training Centre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry is funded by the Australian Government and industry partners, and administered by the University of Sydney. The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, through the University of Tasmania, is a partner of this Training Centre.

Want to know more? Go to freshfoodsafety.org