PMAC weekly update 30th October to 6th November
Editors comments on this weeks contents
This weekly update has a lot of information and in a busy world it can be difficult to read yet more information. To try and make it easier for busy people to keep up to date I’m going to trial a short summary at the start of each newsletter to point out those articles or trends that I consider will have most effect .
This week along with a raft of articles about what the new Government intends doing and Hort NZ’s thoughts on what needs to be done there are 2 articles of particular interest in the NZ section. Firstly the Court case taken against MPI in relation to PSA has finished presenting evidence and there will soon be a decision. Secondly NZ researchers have developed a cheap disposable sensor to monitor the environmental conditions within a container .The sensor also has the ability, using volatiles, to pick up fruit affected by pathogens. Being the country a long way from our main markets this should help ensuring we can deliver quality product.
In the world section two articles continue to show China’s determination to work with other countries/ organisations to develop world class food safety and export systems.
In terms of technologies that could disrupt a new development will allow food to be sterilised and stored without refrigeration for up to 12 months. This technology can be used on whole vegetables . Another article warns that whole genome sequencing which allows the easy detection of bacteria will increasingly links illness with fresh produce items. This will need innovative practices to reduce the natural, low-level contamination that can occur and/or significantly reduce or remove pathogens from fresh produce without impacting product quality.
While an Australian article once again shows a very positive link between green vegetable consumption cutting heart disease a study has also shown potentially harmful link between eating fruits and vegetables high in pesticides and having lower reproductive rates. The highest pesticide exposure were 18% less likely to get pregnant than women with the lowest exposure, and 26% less likely to have a live birth