Strategic workshop: Building capacity in phytosanitary irradiation

An opportunity to ensure your organisation’s priorities are recognised in a national strategy for market access and biosecurity using irradiation.

Thursday 15 September

Agriculture Victoria, 475 Mickleham Rd, ATTWOOD

Victoria, AUSTRALIA 3049 (5 mins from Melbourne Airport)

Room: A03-01 & A03-02

Phytosanitary irradiation use in Australia has grown significantly over the past year with over 35 Australian grown crops using it to reach domestic and export markets. This half day online or full day in-person workshop is an opportunity to join with a broad group of stakeholders from industry, research and government to ensure that phytosanitary irradiation continues to be developed to protect and grow Australia’s horticultural industry.

Event day run-through

0900 – 10:00 Session 1 Phytosanitary irradiation: Industry experience

9:00        Welcome – Traci Griffin Head Agriculture Victoria

9:05        Irradiation of table grapes – the story so far – Jeff Scott, CEO ATGA

9:20        Export of mangos to New Zealand and beyond – Ben Martin, Chair AMIA

9:35       Benefits of irradiation for plant protection organisations – Mirianne Jovanoski, Dept of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

9.50       Question and answer session 1

10.00-10.30 Morning Tea Break

10:30- 11:10 Session 2 Phytosanitary irradiation: Overcoming barriers to trade

10:30     Barriers to the use of phytosanitary irradiation: regulatory and technical – Lloyd Kingham (NSW DPI)

10:45     Barriers to the use of phytosanitary irradiation: commercial and cultural – Ben Reilly (Steritech)

11:00-11:15 Session 3 Understanding Australian food standards

11:00  Interpreting and applying labelling requirements to fit your business – Glenn Stanley (Food Standards consultant)

11.15 Question and answer session 2&3

11.30 End of Online Presentations

11:40am – 12:40 Session 4 Phytosanitary irradiation workshop: Confronting challenges and seeking opportunities Facilitated session – panel discussion with audience

Future trade opportunities and challenges:

– summary of findings from pre-workshop questionnaire

– harmonising domestic biosecurity

– categorising export markets

– meeting industry information needs

– next steps

Panel: Marty Bluml, Agriculture Victoria Research (facilitator)

Jeff Scott, CEO ATGA

Ben Martin, AMIA

Penny Measham QDAF

Glenn Stanley (Food standards consultant)

Mirianne Jovanoski (DAFF)

Ben Reilly (Steritech)

12.40 Lunch Break

1330 – 1700 Tour of Steritech’s Melbourne Irradiation Facility – Bus provided (to Steritech, 21 Titan Drive, Mickleham VIC 3064 – Attwood return)