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History of Freshcare

Like so many of Australia’s fresh produce industry success stories, the Freshcare Program had humble beginnings.

Freshcare is the name for the horticultural industry owned, not-for-profit, on-farm assurance program, established in the year 2000 to service the needs of the Australian industry.

Freshcare’s practical approach to helping growers and packers assure customers that their produce is fresh and safe has seen over 7,500 horticultural businesses adopt the program since its beginning.

The foundation of the Freshcare Program has always been the user-friendly Codes of Practice and training support materials. Already Australia’s largest on-farm assurance program, new developments in 2015 and beyond will ensure it continues to grow.

2015

Accredited Certification The Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Standard has recently been approved as an accredited standard by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and…

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2015

Works in progress… Freshcare Food Safety and Quality – 4th Edition The Food Safety & Quality 3rd Edition Code is under review in 2015 and will…

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2015

Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety The Fresh Produce Safety Centre launched the Guidelines for On-Farm Food Safety for Fresh Produce in September 2015. First…

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2015

Freshcare Forum 2015 Amidst a week of the wildest weather Sydney has seen in decades, 95 industry stakeholders, including primary producers, industry representatives, trainers, auditors,…

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2014

Freshcare Online Training development Consultation with industry throughout 2014, determined that a practical, user friendly, remote-learning option would be a key component of future Freshcare…

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2014

Guidelines for Environmental Assurance – Second Edition The second edition Guidelines for Environmental Assurance Guidelines funded by HIA (previously HAL) through its across-industry program, were…

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2014

Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Code review In order for the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Code to maintain its position as a widely accepted…

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2014

Fresh Produce Safety Centre The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Ltd (FPSC) has been established by the Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) through a project…

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2011

Freshcare Environmental – 2nd Edition The Freshcare Environmental 2nd Edition Code of Practice was launched in April 2011 after an extensive twelve month review in…

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2009

Freshcare Environmental for the Australian Wine Industry In early 2009, the Winemakers Federation of Australia (WFA) approached Freshcare as it was looking for an environmental…

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2008

OH&S and Biosecurity Codes Freshcare Members have recognised that growers may also need other programs and in 2008, Freshcare initiated the process for drafting a…

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2008

Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Code – 3rd Edition By the time of the 2008 review of the Food Safety and Quality Code, a number…

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2006

Freshcare Environmental Code – 1st Edition Publication of the Guidelines for Environmental Assurance in Australian Horticulture in April 2006 was closely followed by the publication…

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2004

Freshcare Environmental Code Development Around the same time as Food Safety & Quality 2nd Edition Code was released in 2004, Horticulture Australia Limited (now Horticulture…

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2004

Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Code – 2nd Edition By 2004 nearly 3000 growers had joined the Freshcare program. The Freshcare Food Safety & Quality…

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2000

Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Code – 1st Edition To ensure the 1st Edition of the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Code of Practice was…

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2000

Freshcare establishment Freshcare Ltd was established as a not-for-profit industry organisation to drive the development of the new auditable code of practice and to manage…

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The 90’s

In response, a National Quality Management Working Group was established in 1998 by the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation (HRDC, now Horticulture Australia Limited, HAL)…

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The 90’s

Freshcare development Freshcare was the natural successor to the many “Approved Supplier Programs” that were developed in the 1990s. At this time many customers such…

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