Vol 09 Issue 3 - August 2009


It is now nearly 12 years since a HACCP program was first developed for the Almond industry. There have been several different programs available, and they have been widely adopted by the industry. One of the reasons for the level of success is the manner in which the systems have been developed with an effective partnership and strong commitment operating between growers, shellers, processors and supported in the process by the Almond Board of Australia. Each group has undertaken their role to establish control of the identified hazards in their area of influence. Given the effectiveness of the approach in the past and the continued watching brief that is needed in food safety, a review has been commissioned to review the current systems used, look at detection levels of known risks and alert the industry to new/perceived risks given the increased size of the industry. Toachieve theseobjectives theABAhas engagedRural Solutions SA (David Pocock) to provide a Gap Analysis of current systems and on-farm practices and recommend changes to the industry to meet the changing hazards and risks being faced in Quality Assurance of almonds. After consulting with processors, crackers and some growers, recommendations will be brought to the ABA to develop a set of agreed QA requirements. Supporting work that is needed will be identified to the industry and presented at the ABA Conference on 29-30 October 2009. Quality Assurance by David Pocock, Rural Solutions SA

Almond Industry Quality Assurance


Testimonial to Don Rough


PIRSA Thank you


New Season Success


Consumer Marketing Update


Australian Almonds in Blossom


2009 Australian Almond Industry Conference

8 - 9

Pollination R & D Update


Bees, Biosecurity & Best Practice

12 - 13

Buried Drip


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In a Nutshell The Almond Board of Australia is the peak industry body representing the interest of almond growers, processors and marketers in Australia in matters of national importance including regulation, legislation, marketing research and development. In a Nutshell is published quarterly by the ABA in February, May, August and November to bring news to all industry contacts and members. Membership The Almond Board of Australia offers membership to growers, processors, marketers and interested parties. Please contact the Almond Board of Australia for current membership fees and inclusions. Advertising/Editorial The Almond Board of Australia acknowledges contributions made by private enterprise through placement of advertisements in this publication. Any advertising and/or editorial supplied to this publication does not necessarily reflect the views of the Almond

Board of Australia and unless otherwise specified, no products and/or services are endorsed by this organisation

Editor Jo Ireland Communications Coordinator Almond Board of Australia 9 William Street, PO Box 2246 BERRI SA 5343

ABA Membership 2009/10 A reminder that ABA membership subscriptions are now overdue

t +61 8 8582 2055 f +61 8 8582 3503

e jireland@australianalmonds.com.au w www.australianalmonds.com.au

These projects were facilitated by HAL in partnership with the Almond Board of Australia. They were funded by the R&D levy and/or voluntary contributions from industry. The Australian Government provides matched funding for all HAL’s R&D activities.

Membership application forms are available from ABA office or www.australianalmonds.com.au/downloads Further information contact: Phone: +61 8 8582 2055 Email: admin@australianalmonds.com.au


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