Industry Update ~  Issue 47 ~  March 2020
Industry Update is a monthly e-newsletter that forms part of the 
Industry  Communication project. I f you think we have missed anything, or you have any feedback on the articles,  we would be more than happy to hear from you.
Australian Mushrooms marketing

The direct mail newsletter contains a range of mushroom recipe inspiration
With the Coronavirus imposing a changing reality on Australians and impacting significantly on shopping habits, the Australian Mushrooms marketing team is currently reviewing media plans and in-store promotional activities.

While this review process is taking place, Australian Mushrooms promotions will continue through a range of online channels. With the increasing interest in health and home cooking, the intention will be to continue inspiring Australians to cook mouth-watering mushroom recipes. Social media activity will help keep mushrooms top of mind, while our direct mail newsletters to our database of mushroom lovers will also reinforce the taste and health benefits of Australian Mushrooms.

To stay updated on the latest activities please take the time to read the latest edition of the Australian Mushrooms Journal. The current edition includes two stories related to the marketing program:
Covid-19 Update

A range of useful resources and links have been issued in relation to Covid-19. You are encouraged to use the links below to access information relevant for your situation. These resources include: 

  • Freshcare in focus. This newsletter includes the following: Fact Sheet - Food safety & quality incident management - additional measures during adverse events and Food Safety & Quality Form: F10 Food Safety Instructions Insert - Health Declaration (COVID-19).



Fresh Produce Food Safety Update

Fresh produce safety and COVID-19 positive workers in processing facilities: key points for industry

The ARC Training Ce ntre for Food Safety in the Fresh Produce Industry has released information on   fresh produce safety and COVID-19 positive workers in processing facilities. Key points are:


  • COVID-19 is unlikely to be passed on through fresh produce.
  • There is a low risk of contracting COVID-19 from fresh produce if handled by a worker who is confirmed positive for COVID-19.
  • Immediately notify the health department if a worker in the facility tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Increase contact time and/or concentration of disinfectants on surfaces in the processing environment.
For further information, visit the ARC Training Centre's website   here


Additional resources:

For additional information, visit these following sites: 

Australian Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources:

Freshcare: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources:
Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Food Industry Resources and FAQs:
New Zealand Food Safety Science Research Centre:
NZ MPI: Coronavirus and Food Safety on COVID-19:

The update above has been provided through the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Australia & New Zealand


Strategic Investment Advisory Panel

The SIAP  met in Sydney from 4-5 December 2019.  To stay up to date with SIAP activities, please use this  LINK   to view a full list of meeting summaries.  If you have any questions related to the SIAP please contact Hort Innovation Mushroom Industry Strategic Partner, Mark Spees - 0439 574 173  -

The 2020 Australian Mushroom Growers' Association conference - Growing the future, together - will be held in Adelaide from 14 October to 17 October. An overview of the conference was included in the last Australian Mushrooms Journal, and a further update, including confirmed speakers, will be included in the upcoming edition.

If you are interested in  attending please check your diary and block out the dates. The conference is held every two years, so do not miss this opportunity to hear international and Australian experts address key topics of interest.

Project Reports
Please note that this Journal includes stories on projects covering production waste streams and agri-tech opportunities. Public versions of the Final Reports for these projects have been completed and will be made available on the Hort Innovation website in due course.
Links to the reports are also included below:

Dates for training sessions now in place

Training sessions for users of the users of the Fancom 765 mushroom climate control computer originally scheduled for March have now been rescheduled for 29-30 October in Adelaide. The two-day training session, delivered by climate and energy specialist Jan Gielen, has been designed to addresses all control options of the 765 computer for an optimal climate during the entire cultivation phase, and also covers current topics such as moisture deficit and evaporation measurement.

Further details can be found on the Fancom webpage or  by contacting the organisers directly by email at
A snapshot of mushroom news

Mushrooms in the News is a quick snapshot of news relevant to mushrooms. It could be a great recipe, a healthy reference, some research findings or some mushroom industry coverage. When we find it we will post it to the site and include it in the Monthly Update. If you have any comments or find anything that has been missed, please email and let us know.

What to Eat To Beat Coronavirus? Types of Mushrooms That Are Excellent to Boost Immunity and Fight Respiratory Symptoms It wouldn't be an update without something on the current virus situation. With research highlighting the immune-boosting ability of mushrooms, it was only a matter of time before someone connected the dots. This article highlights some of these benefits outlining that "Mushrooms naturally harbour a lot of antibacterial and antiviral compounds that can help you combat any foreign particle that enters your body." The advice is to boost your immunity by eating mushrooms.

Fungi foraging warning issued as mushroom season begins in central Victoria Every year in Australia the same warnings are issued about the dangers of foraging for wild mushrooms. This article is similar in tone to countless others appearing at this time, with the indication that the recent weather conditions have been ideal for poisonous mushrooms. The article gives excellent advice - IF IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT. It also states that the best solution is to buy from the store.

EvokeAg: Fable Food Co aiming high with its mushroom 'meat'
If you are interested in knowing a little more about the push for plant-based meat substitutes, then this story (and audio interview) is for you. The interview focuses on an Australian start-up company, Fable Food Co, that is producing a product, primarily made from shiitake mushrooms, for several high-end restaurants. According to the story, the processed meat alternative replicates slow-cooked meats like pulled pork and meat brisket.

Additional links of interest:

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