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Food safety training, extension and capacity for the melon industry – phase 2 (VM18003)

Key research provider: NSW Department of Primary Industries

What’s it all about?

This investment is strengthening the food safety systems of the Australian melon industry, by supporting the adoption of best practice across the supply chain. It follows initial investment Food safety, training, extension and capacity for the melon industry (VM17002) and, like its predecessor, supports food safety training activities across the country for melon growers, farm managers and key farm staff. With the initial project focusing on rockmelons, this second phase includes watermelon businesses as well.

Information on the project’s training opportunities is circulated through the Australian Melon Association.

The project is also delivering a Best Practice Guide to help the industry identify and manage potential microbial risks, along with other essential food safety information and resources.

The project leader reports progress in the following areas…

  • Industry practices around the production, supply, and retail of watermelons have been reviewed to provide updated information on critical control points and food safety risks in watermelons. A summary of critical control points along the supply chain has been developed to combat this.
  • A draft best practice guide has been developed to enhance food safety knowledge of all stakeholders, particularly growers, involved in the supply-chain process. The draft document has been shared with the project reference group for review, and the final document will coincide with project completion in late 2020. This resource will complement the existing melon food safety resources generated from phase one of this project Food safety, training, extension and capacity for the melon industry (VM17002).
  • A food safety helpdesk service has been developed and has already shown success in attracting and addressing technical enquiries on melon food safety, sanitisers, QA certification and water treatment systems.

ACT NOW

Access a guide on critical control points along the watermelon supply chain which includes information on sanitation and retail condition of cut melons.

Access a guide on microbial risks and sanitizing of watermelons which includes an update on the food safely help desk service.

Related levy funds
Details

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Melon Fund