PMAC weekly update 6th November

PMAC weekly update 30th  October to 6th November

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  1. Government agencies: ICPR updates; IHS standards
  1. New Zealand News:  Kiwifruit Claim plaintiffs close, argue duty of care was owed; New minister to ring changes; HortNZ sees both positives and negatives for the sector under new government; Biosecurity week to spread awareness on how to keep pests out of New Zealand; Economy earns $4.5b by getting accredited: Ianz’; Avocado prices could spike thanks to a short season and low yield; Zespri to pay $250,000 after orchard worker dies in quad bike accident; Zespri extends SunGold season with kiwifruit from Italy; New Zealand researchers trial wireless sensor to monitor kiwifruit quality; Jazz apples voted UK's favourite apples; Stats show New Zealand potato prices nearly doubled in the last 10 years; New Agriculture Minister warns of threat to primary industries; Kiwi researcher finds sweet potato could prevent cancer.
  1. International news: GAIN reports; EFSA to strengthen international cooperation during China visit; China: Workshop on agricultural policies and food security held in Beijing; China: Workshop on agricultural policies and food security held in Beijing; Southern China fruit import distribution centre opens; Marketing in the EU; Red makes consumers retain attention to food labels; Food safety articles; Amazon to sell ready meals with a 12-month shelf life and no need for refrigeration; Caution: Increase in Food safety Outbreaks Ahead; Paid Sick Leave Reduces Food Poisoning Rates; Floriculture nutrition: The latest in phosphorus fertility; Tulips in autumn thanks to New Zealand spring; Pesticides in fresh produce linked to lower reproductive rates in women; New packaging absorbs fruit juice and extends shelf life; Australian research reveals eating green veg could cut risk of heart disease


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