Freshcare is excited to announce new members to the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) as the organisation moves towards its 2024 Standards Review.

The new TSC members bring to an already experienced and knowledgeable committee, a diversity of industry-based skill including representation from grower businesses and a commitment to securing the future of assurance, for all Australian producers and businesses.

The new and existing members of the TSC contribute a broad range of professional experience across industry sectors in agriculture, wine and food service.

Chairperson of the TSC Graham McAlpine says one of the mail goals of the committee, is to ensure the Freshcare’s standards retain their relevance for our participants and industry stakeholders.

“Since Freshcare’s inception the TSC, together with Freshcare staff, have continually worked to benchmark issues and create practical solutions for standards applications and market access.

“The TSC provides practical, technical input to any issues or changes that might need to be made in meet emerging food safety, quality, environmental or sustainability measures industry members need to demonstrate management of,” said Mr McAlpine.

One of the TSC’s newly appointment members Dave Williams comes to the role with over 30 years of experience in a large range of food industries, predominately fresh produce both within Australia and the UK. His current role is as Food Technical Manager at global company SGS which specialises in inspection, verification, testing and certification services.  

Mr Williams says his reason for joining the TSC is assist with building strong, fair and practicable standards that fit-for-purpose now and into the future.

“I hope the TSC can further help to refine, strengthen, and deliver positive change to the standard, bringing safer, streamline audits for the food industry,” said Mr Williams.

The TSC now consists of 14 members, with the four new members including:

The four new members bring additional skills in: 

  • QA application on farm with growers of different cultural backgrounds, 
  • Fresh produce as inputs to value add and food ingredient sectors,
  • Food safety, environmental and sustainability standards internationally, 
  • Certification body and auditing operational management, and 
  • Accredited verification testing and validation in management of our standards.

In the coming months the TSC will be reviewing all submissions made to the Freshcare Standards Review for Food Safety & Quality, Environmental and Wine Industry Sustainability Standards.

To find out more or make your submission click HERE.