15 November 2019

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Today's Top Story
Not every product has a health star rating, but Choice has rated some more popular products (Reuters: Aly Song).
Australian customers are confused by an inconsistent Health Star Rating System, according to the nation's largest consumer advocacy group, which has accused food manufacturers of "gaming" the scheme by picking and choosing which products to put stars on.

We’re not the only ones who think the system isn’t fit for purpose.
Australia
This is far from the first international award Tanuja Sander's company has won. Credit: Callum Hunter
The Sathya Olive Company has added another string to its bow of international awards and trophies, this time at the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards. Nuja’s Infusion Garam Masala was named as the show’s Champion Flavoured and or Infused Olive Oil last week, something company director Tanuja Sanders is over the moon about.

Another of the press accolades for AIOA winners spreading the word about the quality of Australian EVOO and table olive production.
About 150 people attended the ACCC's first public forum in its water trading inquiry (ABC Mildura-Swan Hill: Christopher Testa).
Fruit growers in Victoria's north-western corner have told the national consumer watchdog that the Murray-Darling Basin water market has become so complex that understanding its intricacies has become a full-time job.

and while we’re on water …
Flinders University researchers in Australia have discovered freshwater “lenses” that float on the saltwater aquifer below floodplains that run adjacent to the River Murray for most of its length.
The researchers say the lenses could potentially be expanded and play an important role in sustaining the floodplains that are under threat because of reduced inundation, salinity and increasing irrigation pressures.

Following an ACCC investigation, four furniture retailers have been issued with infringement notices for using ‘was/now’ price comparisons in advertising. The ACCC had reasonable grounds to believe each retailer made false or misleading representations by claiming that consumers would save money if they purchased certain furniture items when this was not the case.

An important warning for anyone involved in retail.

Horticulture groups are ratcheting up the pressure on the Federal Government to fix the backpacker tax debacle and improve farm labour options. Last week the Federal Court ruled the so-called backpacker tax should not apply to workers on 417 or 462 visas if they have residency status.
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Latest data on worker fatalities and serious injuries released
The Key Work Health and Safety Statistics Australia 2019 report has been released, providing an overview of national statistics on work-related fatalities, injuries and disease. The report shows that in 2018, 144 people were fatally injured at work – a positive trend of declining numbers also reflected in a reduction in the rate of serious workers’ compensation claims.
It’s significant to note, though, that the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has the largest share of fatalities by far – a whopping 11.2 per 100,000 people and almost double that of any other industry – with vehicle and machinery accidents the main causes. This is an important read, and a reminder of the need to ensure your workplace is safe - download a PDF of the report from the Safe Work Australia website here.
IOC newsletter features Australian import data
The IOC has just released its October 2019 monthly newsletter, which includes a special statistical feature on Australian imports of olive oil and table olives. If you want to know how much we’re buying in and from where, you can download the newsletter here.
Farmer Survey on IBC post-use disposal
Agsafe’s drumMUSTER program is surveying farmers concerning disposal practices for IBCs (aka 1,000 litre shuttles) across rural Australia. The purpose of the survey is to inform the industry as to the efficacy of current programs and the possible future needs for sustainable farming practices.
Take part in the survey here.
Opportunities
Final call: full and partial scholarships available for women in ag
Women currently working in the horticulture sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a range of full and partial scholarships supporting participation in an accredited leadership development program. The fee support opportunity provides scholarships of up to $10,941 for women to take part in one of three part-time practical courses. 
This is the last chance to participate in this year’s joint funding arrangement between Women & Leadership Australia and Hort Innovation. Find out more and register your interest here - EOIs close on 29 November, so do it now!

If you’re ready to take your career in horticulture to the next level, you can apply now for a scholarship for the Masterclass in Horticultural Business. Specifically designed for Australian entrepreneurs in horticulture, the Masterclass provides leadership and management skills, along with relevant, high-quality networking opportunities.
Scholarships worth up to $10,000 are available, funded through the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund, with applications closing on 1 December. More information and apply here.
International

A Salt Spring Island couple has established the first olive oil production facility in Canada. Kylie Stanton reports.

A big risk in the Canadian climate but with big returns: the oil sells for $75/200ml bottle – and there’s a waiting list!
This is the second article in our series on food adulteration ... In this article, we will focus on economically motivated adulteration (EMA) - adulteration of food products with the intent to illegally make money - otherwise known as food fraud.
04-Nov-2019 By Oliver Morrison

A report reveals improved scores in water management practices from industry giants such as Mars Inc. and Unilever, but finds insufficient corporate action overall in an increasingly water-stressed world

The message is in fact relevant to food producers of all sizes.
30-Oct-2019 By Nikki Hancocks

A diet high in trans fats could put you at increased risk for dementia, researchers have revealed after studying 1,600 people over 10 years.

Another reason for manufacturers to swap out to EVOO!

European Commission report predicts a three-percent increase in olive oil production in the E.U. due to reduced pest activity and some countries entering an on-year.
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President of Bayer Crop Science, Liam Condon, at the Future of Farming dialogue 2019 in Germany.
Bayer won't solve agriculture's problems alone. The company has committed to collaboration as one of the planks to help improve agriculture in both developed and developing nations. The need to work with other organisations and governments was expressed at the Bayer Future of Farming dialogue in Germany last week, where growers, researchers, influencers and journalists gathered to hear discussion on globally common issues among agriculture.

Important stocks at EU level and consecutive good harvests have created an imbalance between supply and demand on the EU olive oil market, resulting in a price decrease. In view of this particularly difficult market situation, the European Commission adopted today private storage aid for virgin olive oils.
Parsnip Confit with Pickled Currants. Photo by Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott
Ever wanted to bathe in olive oil? Now your rutabagas (and tomatoes and eggplants and chiles) can. And they come out so tender, delicate, and delicious you'll want to cook them that way all winter long.

The Executive Director of the International Olive Council, Abdellatif Ghedira, took part in the launch of the master’s degree in olive growing and olive oil technology at the University of Jaén on 29 October 2019.
What's On
2019

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

14 November
FTA Seminar – Barossa Valley, SA

21-22 November
Savantes Melbourne, Australia

22 November
Hort Innovation AGM – Sydney

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 

2020

10 January 10
Entries close, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

20-24 January
Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program – London, UK

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

15-17 June
Hort Connections – Brisbane, Qld

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

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