Food Safety & Traceability

  • 29 Oct 2018

    United Fresh seeks Growers’ help for Traceability Survey

    As you are aware, United Fresh was awarded a Sustainable Farming Fund project in June 2018, which is entitled “Effective Fresh Produce Traceability Systems” (Project 405482).

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  • 24 Sep 2018

    Major Fresh Produce Traceability Project Underway in New Zealand

    In light of the recent shocking Australian strawberry tampering event, the New Zealand produce industry is taking every action possible to reassure customers their safety systems are robust.

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  • 07 May 2018

    Professional Development - Fresh Produce Recall Workshop - Friday 1st June - Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre Auckland


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  • 19 Apr 2018

    Applying for PLU Codes - TAG Update April 2018

    Applications for PLU Codes are now managed by United Fresh here in New Zealand, if you require a PLU Code please make contact with TAG Chair, Dr Hans Maurer

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  • 28 Feb 2018

    NSW Food Authority: Listeriosis outbreak linked to rockmelon

    The NSW Food Authority is advising consumers who are most vulnerable to Listeria infection such as older persons, and people who have weakened immune systems due to illness or pregnancy, to avoid eating rockmelon after a recent spike in listeriosis cases in elderly people has been linked to the fruit.

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  • 27 Feb 2018

    NSW, Australia Listeria Outbreak Update

    An outbreak of listeriosis has taken place in New South Wales with an unexpected increase in cases in January and February.

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  • 25 Jan 2018

    DataBar's move into the Produce Industry

    Consumers, retailers, wholesalers, packhouses and growers alike are all familiar with fruit label- the tiny stickers commonly found on oranges, apples, kiwifruit, avocadoes and a myriad of other produce.

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  • 10 Aug 2017

    Technical Advisory Group Update - August 2017

    United Fresh Technical Advisory Group members have attended several conferences as reported in this update.

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  • 20 Jun 2017

    Technical Advisory Group - Update June 2017

    As you can see from the banner, our name has changed. We are no longer the Food Safety and Traceability Committee, but the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).

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  • 10 Mar 2017

    URGENT LeaderBrand salad product recall announcement

    On Thursday the 9th of March at 11am, LeaderBrand Produce Ltd. was advised that one of its salad product lines tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria or ‘Listeria’ as it is more commonly known.

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  • 10 Mar 2017

    Reminder: New Food Safety Law and Templates for Businesses to Manage Food Safety

    The Food Act is a new law for Food Safety, which came into effect on 1st March 2016.

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  • 22 Sep 2016

    United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Update - September 2016

    Food Safety Law Reform Bill - what it means for your fresh produce business

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  • 19 Aug 2016

    A Note from Hastings District Council for Local Businesses


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  • 16 Aug 2016

    Important Notice for Horticulture businesses (growers, packhouses, distributors) from the Ministry for Primary Industries

    Health officials in Havelock North have issued a boil water notice for Council water supply.

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  • 28 Jul 2016

    United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Update - July 2016

    In May 2016 the United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Committee submitted a “Strategic Assessment in the New Zealand Domestic Fresh Produce Industry”

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  • 13 May 2016

    United Fresh AGM & Members Meeting 2016

    Our United Fresh AGM & Members meeting held in Auckland on Thursday 12th May 2016 was well received by around 80 of our members

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  • 17 Mar 2016

    United Fresh Members Meeting and AGM - Diary Note - Thursday 12th May at 3:30pm

    Please join us for our United Fresh Members Meeting and AGM.

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  • 03 Feb 2016

    New Food Act Takes Effect Next Month – Are you ready?

    New Food Act and Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety

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  • 14 Dec 2015

    MPI Update - Strain in fifth Hepatitis A case confirmed - 14 December 2015

    Results from testing have now confirmed that the fifth person, who recently contracted Hepatitis A, as reported last week, has the same strain of the virus as the other four people who fell sick with Hepatitis in late October and early November this year.

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  • 09 Dec 2015

    New development in MPI’s berry investigation - 9 December 2015

    A newly notified case of Hepatitis A is likely to be linked to the consumption of the Fruzio Mixed Berries product, which is currently the subject of an MPI-directed product recall.

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  • 30 Nov 2015

    Ministry for Primary Industries Increase Surveillance of Imported Frozen Berry Products

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a media statement today regarding imported frozen berries and four reported cases of Hepatitis A.

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  • 25 Nov 2015

    United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Update

    October and November have been busy for the United Fresh Food Safety & Traceability Committee.

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  • 30 Oct 2015

    Register for our United Fresh Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability Workshop – 17/11/2015

    We are pleased to present our Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability and Food Law Workshop in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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  • 06 Oct 2015

    Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability Workshop

    United Fresh New Zealand Incorporated in partnership with the Ministry for Primary Industries invite members to attend a workshop on Biosecurity, Food Safety & Traceability and Food Law.

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  • 06 Oct 2015

    Yersinia Pseudotuberculosis - Reviewing the Impact

    The United Fresh Food Safety Committee is undertaking a review of the issues surrounding the Yersenia Pseudotuberculosis Outbreak last year. The objective is to understand, from a domestic fresh produce industry perspective, the areas where we need to undertake planning in order to be better prepared for any future outbreaks.

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  • 04 Sep 2015

    Strawberry Traceability Pilot 2016

    This project focuses on the external traceability challenges arising in the domestic fresh market strawberry supply chain, as the fruit passes from grower to retailer. United Fresh is working with GS1 New Zealand in this pilot project.

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  • 01 Sep 2015

    Food Law Update

    MPI will be launching an online tool to help people understand the Food Act 2014, which comes into affect on 1st March 2016.

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  • 01 Sep 2015

    Food Safety, Food Security & Your Business Planning

    United Fresh partnered with Horticulture New Zealand to present a 90 minute breakout session on Food Safety, Food Security and Your Business Planning at the HortNZ 2015 Conference this year.

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  • 28 Aug 2015

    Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney August 2015

    United Fresh attended this conference run by PMA Australia & New Zealand’s Fresh Produce Safety Centre, hosted at the University of Sydney.

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  • 18 Feb 2015

    United Fresh Takes the Lead in Food Safety and Traceability

    For over two decades United Fresh has worked on behalf of the New Zealand produce industry on Food Safety, Traceability and Industry Standards. To further strengthen this framework and safeguard food safety, we recently established the Food Safety and Traceability Committee.

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