Food Safety

Reducing Listeria contamination from salad vegetables – project Report July 2019

Research report on how Listeria can be spread.

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Australian Melons Export Presentation

Australian melons – background and food safety.

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Food Safety – Animal pest management

Managing pests such as rodents and insects in packing sheds to prevent animal-borne pathogens from affecting melon fruit.

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Food Safety – Bins and boxes

Maintaining food safety standards in all packaging and transport containers , both in the field and packhouse.

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Food Safety – Characteristics of melons

What makes melons a target for food safety pathogens.

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Food Safety – Comparison of sanitation systems

Choosing a sanitation system is crucial to preventing food safety issues but which system to choose? This paper discusses the pros and cons of all available sanitation systems.

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Food Safety – Comparison of sanitisers

Table of sanitation systems for melon packhouses that gives easy reference to the benefits of various systems.

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Food Safety – Cooling melons

The best way to cool field heat form melons without creating food safety problems.

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Food safety – Evaluation of wash chemicals

Comparison of the available wash systems for melons.

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Food Safety – Fertilisers and soil amendments

Explains the use of organic fertilisers in a food safety program to ensure that these feertilisers do not compromise the food safety of fruit.

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Food Safety – Foodborne illness

An explanation of the illnesses caused by pathogenic infection of fresh food.

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Food Safety – Health and hygiene

Maintaining high levels of human health and sanitation in the field and packhouses is important to prevent cross contamination from humans to fruit.

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Food Safety – Irrigation water

The source and quality of irrigation water can impact on the infection levels in fruit.

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Food Safety – Melon food safety checklist

Checklist provides a practical way of understanding the food safety risks on a melon farm.

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Food Safety – Microbial testing

When, how and how often should fruit be tested for food-borne pathogens.

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Food Safety – Monitoring chlorine in wash water

Monitoring systems assist in maintaining the sanitation of wash water to ensure that pathogens are controlled in packhouses.

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Food Safety – Monitoring washing water

How to monitor chlorine levels; pH; water quality and water temperature in wash lines in packhouses.

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Food Safety – Packhouse and equipment hygiene

Maintaining equipment in the packhouse prevents a source for food-borne pathogens to multiply.

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Food Safety – Packing in the field

Many watermelons are field packed which avoids issues with wash water but it is important to maintain hygiene in field situations.

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Food Safety – Sanitising wash water

Compares different types of sanitising agents including chlorine, ozone, peroxyacetic acid; nylate; stabilised chlorine dioxide; iodine; oxidising water.

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Food Safety – Waste management

Maintaining good waste management prevents human health and food safety issues.

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Food Safety – Why food safety is important

Explains the reasons that food safety is important when producing melons.

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Food safety update

Latest information on food safety in fields and melon packing sheds.

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Postharvest sanitisers and fungicides in a food safety system

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Rockmelon food safety

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Vegetable Leaf Miner

Description of vegetable leafminer and the risk it poses to the Australian melon industry.

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What’s in the water?

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Food safety for Directors

Good governance guide for directors, executives and business owners. Written for New Zealand but very applicable to Australia.

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