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FPSC Survey for Rapid Diagnostic Methods in fresh produce

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The Fresh Produce Safety Centre has released a Rapid Diagnostic Methods in the Fresh Produce Industry Survey, and industry is encouraged to take part. 

The survey will capture the needs and wants of the industry on rapid diagnostic methods, helping to shape recommendations and next steps that will be of greatest benefit to the fresh produce industry and consumers. 

Rapid diagnostic methods in the fresh produce industry allow pathogens to be quickly, reliably and cost-effectively identified on fruit and vegetables. This is a key area of ongoing tech innovation for fresh produce, and the aim of research is to develop a comprehensive “toolbox” of useful methods that could be selected for their suitability by each producer. 

APAL Head of Group Quality, Innovation and Commercialisation Andrew Mandemaker said the survey is a great opportunity for industry to contribute towards the development of robust and effective food safety processes. 

“Rapid diagnostics have the potential to greatly improve testing of human pathogens,” Andrew said. 

“Having the ability to test and pass a consignment of fruit before it leaves the packhouse will significantly improve the effectiveness of food safety controls. Bringing down the cost of compliance while increasing confidence in food safety systems is welcomed.” 

The survey comprises 22 questions, and was developed in line with recommendations from FPSC’s Rapid Diagnostic Methods for Foodborne Pathogens: Outlook for the Fresh Produce Industry report 

The survey will close at 5pm Friday, 22 October 2021. 

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